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The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places by [Neil Oliver]

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In his introduction Neil Oliver calls the British ‘a lucky, blessed people’, and his book holds up a mirror to that national self-image. Oliver’s timeline journey travels from prehistoric footprints off the Norfolk coast to the Ozymandias folly of the Millennium Dome, from a tiny, exquisite jewel crafted for King Alfred the Great to great enigmatic stone forts in the West of Ireland that are being eaten by the sea. Stories we have been telling ourselves for thousands of years are falling on deaf ears or being forgotten, says Oliver. Here in a hundred fascinating doses is the antidote to that millennial malaise.

Neil Oliver brings his vast experience and expertise to bear on this deeply personal journey into British history - a wonderful read.

A book of compelling stories. ―
Mail on Sunday

Everyone should have two copies – one for the car and one for the house to plan journeys. It’s a robust rebuke to the satnav – a reminder to think more about the places you pass and less about your route, because every British journey is through rich history.
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Neil Oliver was born in Renfrewshire in Scotland. He studied archaeology at the University of Glasgow and worked as an archaeologist before training as a journalist. In 2002 he made his television debut presenting BBC2’s Two Men in a Trench in which he and Tony Pollard visited historic British battlefields. Since that time he has been a regular on TV, presenting A History of Scotland, Vikings, and Coast. He was appointed President of the National Trust in Scotland in 2017. He travels all the time, but his home is in Stirling, with his wife, three children and an Irish wolfhound. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B078T893R2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Transworld Digital (20 Sept. 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 47379 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 436 pages
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By Mr. James Sanderson on 2 October 2018
Neil Oliver writes a superb book here. The short descriptions of each historical location with explanation from fact, along with in some cases suggestion of, who, what, when and where adds a dimension that matches the expectations of the book precisely. I don't read many books as I prefer history and fact. This ticks all the boxes of a great read and reference book. Most certainly one to enjoy, read and keep. Delighted to say "top notch book Neil, thank you"
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