The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places
The British Isles, this archipelago of islands off the north-west coast of Europe is, to Neil Oliver, the best place in the world. Warts and all this home of ours is the finest, clearest expression of civilisation the world has seen so far, and almost everyone knows it. World War... read full description below.
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||Great Britain - History, British Isles - History
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The British Isles, this archipelago of islands off the north-west coast of Europe is, to Neil Oliver, the best place in the world. From north to south, east to west it cradles astonishing beauty. The human story here is a million years old, and counting. The tolerant, easy-going peace we enjoy here, this refuge from madness and extremism, has been hard won. We have made and known the best and worst of times. We have been hero and villain and all else in between, and we have learned some lessons. Warts and all this home of ours is the finest, clearest expression of civilisation the world has seen so far, and almost everyone knows it. There are many stories of Britain. Romans and Druids, Boudicca in the south and Calgacus in the north, the last of the free; The Venerable Bede and his Anglo Saxons; Lindisfarne and the Vikings; 1066 and the Norman Conquest; Tudors and Reformation; Civil War and the killing of the king, the Restoration; Enlightenment; World Wars, broken-hearted with loss after the first, Dulce Et Decorum Est; Spitfires, the Blitz, Churchill and the Dunkirk Spirit, 'We'll Meet Again', white cliffs and bluebirds after the second. This is Neil Oliver's guided tour of the places in Britain which makes it so special.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||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
||Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
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.