Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Review: A History of Ancient Britain by Neil Oliver

A History of Ancient BritainA History of Ancient Britain by Neil Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is something completely enchanting about Neil Oliver. Whether it is watching him weave his magic on the television, or reading his books, his passion for his subject is paramount. His enthusiasm is contagious. His knowledge utterly enviable.
He is a fascinating story-teller of tales that are true.

As the written version of the BBC's documentary series of the same name, A History of Ancient Britain is certainly no exception. Although it is quite lengthy and absolutely packed full of information, it doesn't feel "bogged down" in detail. A History of Ancient Britain is perfectly fluid, and easy to read and understand. It takes its reader back to the earliest pre-history, when humankind first stepped foot on the British Isles and made it their home, and then traces the evidence of their presence, customs and beliefs right through to the end of Roman occupation.

It is a mind-boggling and truly awe-inspiring journey.



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