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Under Another Sky Journeys in Roman Britain

by Charlotte Higgins

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Under Another Sky Journeys in Roman Britain Synopsis

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.

Under Another Sky Journeys in Roman Britain Press Reviews

Wonderfully written and full of unexpected facts. Higgins brings Roman Britain into the present. -- Richard Sennett

 

Beautifully crafted. The beauty of this book is not just in the elegant prose and the precision with which she skewers her myths. It is in the sympathy that she shows for the myth-makers, the men and woman who so very much wanted their very own Roman Britain. -- Peter Stothard The Times

 

Smart and up-to-date, sensitive but hard-headed, impeccably researched but gloriously poetic. The layering of themes, moods and topics is staggering. There's nothing like quite it. -- Tom Holland, author of 'Rubicon

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ISBN: 9780099552093
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099552093
Publication date: 6th March 2014
Author: Charlotte Higgins
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, The Real World, Travel,
Categories: Classical Greek & Roman archaeology,

About Charlotte Higgins

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.

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