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