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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER PERFECT FOR FANS OF OUTLANDER
The true story of one of Scotland’s most notorious and romantic heroes.
He was a spy, a clan-chief, a traitor. A polyglot, a deserter and a man of philosophy.
Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, was the last of the great Scottish chiefs – and the last nobleman executed for treason. In life, his wit, ambition and dubious sense of morality kept him in the thick of political intrigue. With a taste for risk and determined to make his fortune, Lovat made pacts with Catholics and Protestants, Scots and Englishmen.
Lovat found his famous end a turncoat and a martyr: he threw himself in with the ‘45 rebellion and fought for Prince Charles against the crown. His execution in Tower Hill, at the age of 80, was the last of its kind.
Lovat was one of Scotland’s most notorious and romantic figures: a man whose loyalty had no home, whose sword had a price. This is the swashbuckling account of his life, and a brilliant portrayal of nation in revolt.
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Saltire First Scottish Book of the Year 2012
‘Sarah Fraser tells the story of the “Old Fox” with notable panache ... Makes delightful bedside reading for a posterity spared from having to live with him’ Max Hastings, Sunday Times
‘Superb ... akin to a John Buchan adventure story’ Mail on Sunday
‘In this colourful, entertaining biography, Sarah Fraser does not attempt to excuse Lord Lovat’s personal faults or political chicanery but, rather, [presents] him amply in a complex historical context’ The Times
‘Sarah Fraser deserves to be acclaimed as a notable biographer ... This is a brave and meaty book tells this remarkable tale with admirable patience, industry and understanding’ Spectator
‘A vivid and fascinating biography of a quirky aristocrat’ Evening Standard
‘Irresistibly romantic biography’ Sunday TelegraphAbout the Author:
Sarah Fraser won the 2012 Saltire First Scottish Book of the Year for her acclaimed debut The Last Highlander, which in 2016 also became a New York Times ebook bestseller. A writer and regular contributor on TV and radio, she has a PhD in obscene Gaelic poetry and lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has four children. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarah_fraseruk. And at www.sarahfraser.co.uk where her speaking dates can be found, and regular blogs about the tumultuous Stuart era.
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