Fans of C.J. Sansom must read this Saltire Society Literary Awards Scottish First Book of the Year – a great non-fiction adventure about Scotland’s most notorious clan chief.Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, was the last of the great Scottish chiefs – and the last nobleman executed for treason. Determined to seek his fortune with the exiled Jacobite king in France, Fraser acted as a spy for both the Stuarts and the Hanoverians; claimed to be both Protestant and Roman Catholic.In July 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie launched his last attempt to seize back the throne, supported by Fraser and his clans. They were defeated at Culloden. Fraser was found hiding in a tree.This swashbuckling spy story recreates an extraordinary period of history in its retelling of Fraser’s life. He is surely one of Scotland’s most notorious and romantic figures, a cunning and ambitious soldier who died a martyr for his country and an independent Scotland.
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About 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.
What People are Saying About This
‘Sarah Fraser, who married into the modern Lovat tribe, tells the story of the “Old Fox” with notable panache…There was nothing in his character or history to admire, but there was still a grandeur to his villainy, one that makes delightful bedside reading for a posterity spared from having to live with him’ Max Hastings, Sunday Times‘This superb biography shows [Lord Lovat’s life] to have been 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‘Fraser treats Lovat with sympathy and understanding. Whatever his faults, he was a remarkable man and a considerable figure, worthy of some respect and even inviting affection. Her picture of Highland society is excellent and the story she has to tell is gripping. Much of it reads like a good historical novel’ Allan Massie, Literary Review‘Sarah Fraser deserves to be acclaimed as a notable biographer…This brave and meaty book tells this remarkable tale with admirable patience, industry and understanding’ Spectator‘Fraser’s passion for the historic Highlands, the Jacobites and her husband’s family carries the book along… Against this picture, Fraser paints a romantic picture of a charming rogue’ BBC History magazine