The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places (Paperback)
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The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 30/05/2019
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The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is Neil's very personal account of what makes these islands so special, told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of our history. Beginning with footprints made in the sand by humankind's earliest ancestors, he takes us via Romans and Vikings, the flowering of religion, through civil war, industrial revolution and two world wars. From windswept headlands to battlefields, ancient trees to magnificent cathedrals, each of his destinations is a place where, somehow, the spirit of the past seems to linger. Beautifully written, his book is majestic, awe-inspiring, a kaleidoscopic history of a place with a story like no other.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784163389
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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"This book brilliantly demonstrates Neil's mastery of the broad sweep of British history and landscape." -- Dan Snow
"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." -- Edward Stourton
"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." -- Christopher Somerville, The Times walking correspondent, author of The January Man
"Neil Oliver brings his vast experience and expertise to bear on this deeply personal journey into British history - a wonderful read." -- Alice Roberts
"A book of compelling stories." * Mail on Sunday *

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“WOW”

My wife and I have always been a follower off Neil Oliver a most interesting historian his passion for our wonderful country comes out in this fantastic book very well researched the detail is exceptional the places... More

Hardback edition
16th September 2018
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“There's history everywhere you look!”

I really appreciated the way this book worked - a hundred pieces on places which have played a part in the history of the islands that make up the British Isles, geographically, historically, socially and politically... More

Hardback edition
7th October 2018
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“Fascinating”

This a brilliant British reference book that is interesting and easy to dip in and out of. What I particularly loved was finding places I knew and recognised. Accompanied by photographs and illustrations it makes a... More

Hardback edition
1st October 2018
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