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Charlotte Higgins began her career in journalism on Vogue magazine. She has worked for the Guardian for 10 years; since 2004 she has been the paper's arts correspondent. Charlotte studied classics at Balliol College, Oxford, and lives in London.
Shortlisted for The THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 - The new literary prize for Nature & Travel Writing about Britain. This is shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize. This is a book about the encounter with Roman Britain: about what the idea of 'Roman Britain' has meant to those who came after Britain's 400-year stint as province of Rome - from the medieval mythographer-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth to Edward Elgar and W.H. Auden. What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Charlotte Higgins has traced these tales by setting out to discover the remains of Roman Britain for herself, sometimes on foot, sometimes in a splendid, though not particularly reliable, VW camper van. Via accounts of some of Britain's most intriguing, and often unjustly overlooked ancient monuments, Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and British history, in an entirely fresh way: as indelibly marked by how the Romans first imagined, and wrote, these strange and exotic islands, perched on the edge of the known world, into existence.
If your knowledge of all things Greek is a little lacking or rusty then this is the perfect book for getting you up to speed. One of those great books for dipping in to whether it is the language, the history, the politics or drama that grabs your interest, this book will inform and educate you in all things Greek and about the influence ancient Greece has had on so much of our lives. Modern references keep it up to date and relevant. The perfect gift for anyone with a vague interest in history!
If you enjoyed Amo, Amas, Amat by Harry Mount last year, then we are sure you will love Latin Love Letters. Charlotte Higgins rediscovers the best bits of Latin poetry and brings it right in to the heart of the modern day. Very accessible and a brilliant way to return to or discover some classic Latin works.