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Watling Street: Travels Through Britain and Its Ever-Present Past (Paperback)
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Watling Street: Travels Through Britain and Its Ever-Present Past (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 12/07/2018
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A journey along one of Britain's oldest roads, from Dover to Anglesey, in search of the hidden history that makes us who we are today.

'A bravura piece of writing - Bill Bryson on acid' - Tom Holland

Winding its way from the White Cliffs of Dover to the Druid groves of Anglesey, the ancient road of Watling Street has gone by many different names. It is a road of witches and ghosts, of queens and highwaymen, of history and myth, of Bletchley Park codebreakers, Chaucer, Boudicca, Dickens and James Bond.

But Watling Street is not just the story of a route across our island. It is an acutely observed exploration of Britain and who we are today, told with wit and an unerring eye for the curious and surprising.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474603485
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 200 x 136 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'In Watling Street, an exploration of modern Britain and what it means to be British today, Higgs offers a more nuanced understanding of the national psyche... a book for our times' - Ian Thomson, The Observer 

'Mischievous and iconoclastic... [Higgs's] is a systematising imagination, able to harness disparate elements and find the patterns that animate them; that he does so in a more socially inclusive manner than many enriches his theories enormously' - Melissa Harrison, The Financial Times 

'A new vision of England... full of magic, mystery and bits of William Blake' - Ian Samson, Times Literary Supplement 

'A bravura piece of writing - Bill Bryson on acid' - Tom Holland

'It has been said by the old magicians that Watling Street was created in a single night. Or revealed to us between sleeping and waking - a potentiality that is always there but which we have to learn to read. John Higgs does just that: a bright necklace of recoveries and collisions and remarkable witnesses. A tale-telling pilgrim to entertain and inform as we jolt along the way' - Iain Sinclair

'A humorous and thoughtful guide' - Huston Gilmore, The Daily Express 

'Myths combine with staggeringly fascinating facts, while Higgs' take on our national imagination and the nature of history is refreshingly original... [A] mad, but brilliant, odyssey' - Rebecca Armstrong, I Paper 

'On a long drive like this, your companion matters as much as the route, of course - and Higgs is an entertaining one, garrulous but disinclined to hector' - Tom Sutcliffe, The Mail on Sunday 

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