In this week’s podcast, I sit down with the Conservative MP, sometime diplomat and writer Rory Stewart to talk about his remarkable new book The Marches. Rory’s first book The Places In Between described a huge journey he took on foot across Afghanistan in the early noughties. His latest work sees him lace on his hiking boots again.
This is at once an account of the meandering journey he made along the Anglo-Scottish border around the time of the Scottish independence referendum (Rory is MP for Penrith and the Borders), and a tender account of his relationship with his father Brian. Soldier, spy, adventurer and haggis-eater, Brian, then in his 90s, joined his son for part of the journey — and their interactions add colour and poignancy to Rory’s consideration of what unites and divides us, and what we mean by home.