a jour­ney through time

In this re­mark­able and evoca­tive book, his­to­rian Neil Oliver ex­plores the spe­cial places that have helped shape a na­tion

Countryfile Magazine - - Salmon -

“This book bril­liantly demon­strates Neil’s mas­tery of the broad sweep of Bri­tish his­tory and land­scape” Dan Snow, his­to­rian, broad­caster and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter

Neil Oliver’s beau­ti­fully writ­ten and very per­sonal book, The Story of the Bri­tish Isles in 100 Places, is an awe-in­spir­ing and ma­jes­tic re­minder of the as­ton­ish­ing beauty that sur­rounds us – and the his­tor­i­cal events that have shaped each and ev­ery one of us.

From windswept head­lands and scarred bat­tle­fields to an­cient trees and magnificent cathe­drals, the Bri­tish Isles are stud­ded with places that give an in­trigu­ing glimpse into the his­tory of this ar­chi­pel­ago. Look closely and they tell a fas­ci­nat­ing story.

The book takes us from mil­lion-year-old foot­prints in the Nor­folk mud and dra­matic cas­tles like Stir­ling and Har­lech, right through to the bat­tle­fields of Flod­den and Sedge­moor, the birth of the In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion in Shrop­shire and the Ti­tanic Slip­way in Belfast. His­tory un­folds at each stop and the spirit of the past is al­most pal­pa­ble, thanks to Neil’s as­ton­ish­ing pow­ers of de­scrip­tion.

The Story of the Bri­tish Isles in 100 Places is avail­able now at Water­stones

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