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“Fraser Harrison is among the best truth-tellers. He has written a thoughtful, tender, and funny guide, a book that is an arresting journey at the center of a nation and goes deep into the human heart.”—Tim Dee, BBC Radio
"Traveling through South Dakota as a foreigner gave Fraser Harrison a unique perspective on our great state, but everyone, whether a born-and-raised South Dakotan or a first-time visitor, will find his observations thought-provoking and enjoyable. His words leap off the page, painting vivid and exciting pictures of South Dakota and its history."—James D. Hagen, South Dakota Department of Tourism
"Fraser Harrison has learned well the error in overlooking the history under his nose. The Englishman's connection to the Harrisons who died at the Alamo led him on a powerful journey that pays homage to the frontier history of the Badlands, Wounded Knee, Hickok's Deadwood and more."—True West Magazine
In his homage to the infinite west that is South Dakota, both past and present, Englishman Fraser Harrison tours the state observing well-known locations such as the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and Deadwood. But there is far more to South Dakota. He also spent time in less-traveled areas such as Wounded Knee, the southern portion of the Missouri River, and Harrison, his namesake town.
The author’s witty, conversational, and detailed commentaries are paired with brief historical accounts to form a travel memoir comparable to those of Bill Bryson, Dayton Duncan, and Paul Theroux. Harrison paints pictures with his prose that let the reader share his experiences on the roads, in the cities, and among the people of small communities that make up the Land of Infinite Variety.
Fraser Harrison, the author of nine books, contributed regularly to major newspapers in the United Kingdom and worked as a freelance broadcaster for the BBC. He holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and a Masters in Human Rights from Essex University. His love of the West stems from his childhood and from his many works of nonfiction for radio and newspapers.
Fraser Harrison at the 2012 South Dakota Festival of Books:
Fraser Harrison speaking about the act of publishing your book at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre: