A History of Ancient Britain

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Orion, Sep 15, 2011 - History - 396 pages
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Continues Neil's landmark exploration of how our land and its people came to be, which began with the acclaimed A HISTORY OF SCOTLAND.

Who were the first Britons, and what sort of world did they occupy? In A HISTORY OF ANCIENT BRITAIN Neil Oliver turns a spotlight on the very beginnings of the story of Britain; on the first people to occupy these islands and their battle for survival.

There has been human habitation in Britain, regularly interrupted by Ice Ages, for the best part of a million years. The last retreat of the glaciers 12,000 years ago brought a new and warmer age and with it, one of the greatest tsunamis recorded on Earth which struck the north-east of Britain, devastating the population and flooding the low-lying plains of what is now the North Sea. The resulting island became, in time, home to a diverse range of cultures and peoples who have left behind them some of the most extraordinary and enigmatic monuments in the world.

Through what is revealed by the artefacts of the past, Neil Oliver weaves the epic story - half a million years of human history up to the departure of the Roman Empire in the Fifth Century AD. It was a period which accounts for more than ninety-nine per cent of humankind's presence on these islands.

It is the real story of Britain and of her people.

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User Review  - Pam Shelton-anderson - Goodreads

The writing and research were a very solid 4.5 stars. The author digressed at times, though these tangents were very interesting. His writing style was great, very lyrical and so descriptive that I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ed Martin - Goodreads

A well-written and engaging overview of British history based on archaeological finds up to the end of the Roman period. My only criticism is that Oliver sometimes has a tendency to get caught up in flights of fancy based on speculation rather than evidence, but overall this is a good read. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian and broadcaster best known for his distinctive voice and long black hair and as the charismatic presenter of the award-winning documentary series Coast. His 10-part 'bold, pugnacious and authoritative' History of Scotland on BBC2 was a critical success as was the book of the same name that accompanied it.

Find out more at www.neiloliver.com, follow him on Twitter @NEIL_OLIVER_ and join on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Neil-Oliver.

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