The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border

Written by: Garrett Carr

In the wake of the EU referendum, the United Kingdom’s border with Ireland has gained greater significance: it is set to become the frontier with the European Union. Over the past year, Garrett Carr has travelled this border, on foot and by canoe, to uncover a landscape with a troubled past and an uncertain future. Across this thinly populated line, travelling down hidden pathways and among ancient monuments, Carr encounters a variety of characters who have made this liminal space their home. He reveals the turbulent history of this landscape and changes the way we look at nationhood, land and power.

THE RULE OF THE LAND was published on 2nd February 2017 by Faber.


“A poignant, funny, memorable read, layered with ideas” – Nicholas Crane

“Timely, informative and often very funny” – Tom Holland

“Garrett Carr engages a mapmaker’s eye and a writer’s sensibility to create a great book” – Irish Times

“Powerfully captures the often desolate beauty of the border landscape in language that is both robust, yet lyrical” – David Park

“A marvellous book” – Daily Telegraph

“Carr has the eye of a scientist, and a poet’s facility with words” – Irish Independent

“The place is rich indeed in life and stone, and I have seldom encountered line drawings as clear and beautiful and photographs as fine as those that appear in this brilliant guide to the border” – Literary Review