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The British A Genetic Journey by Alistair Moffat
  

The British A Genetic Journey

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November 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

Based on a new set of DNA samplings – one of the biggest yet, Alistair Moffat and James Flett Wilson are able to reveal the history of Britain told through the lives of its people, who we are and where we came from. It’s a journey that has many surprises and shocks to challenge our view of Britishness.

Click here to see The Scots: A Genetic Journey by the same author.

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Synopsis

The British A Genetic Journey by Alistair Moffat

Hidden inside all of us - every human being on Earth - is the story of our ancestry. Printed on our DNA are the origins of our lineages, the time in history and prehistory when they arose, and the epic journeys people have made across the globe. The Scots: A Genetic Journey, shows how all of us who live on these islands are immigrants. The last ice age erased any trace of more ancient inhabitants, and the ancestors of everyone who now lives in Britain came here after the glaciers retreated and the land greened once more. In an epic narrative, sometimes moving, sometimes astonishing, always revealing, Moffat writes an entirely new history of Britain. Instead of the usual parade of the usual suspects - kings, queens, saints, warriors and the notorious - this is a people's history, a narrative made from stories only DNA can tell which offers insights into who we are and where we come from.

Reviews

'a fascinating subject ... Historian, journalist and DNA research company director makes for an excellent guide' * Your Family Tree * 'an engaging, beautifully-told people's history of Britain that will change your thinking about your family's origins forever' * Family Tree magazine * 'Moffat has always been a magpie historian, picking up unsuspected jewels of information, at the same time never afraid to speculate, often in an agreeably provocative manner'
Alan Massie

* Scotsman * '[A] new and revolutionary book, based on exciting new research [ - ] a unique people's history' * Discover Your History * '[O]ne of those books that are just about impossible to put down' - Sunday Express


About the Author

Alistair Moffat

Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the burgeoning Borders Book Festival as well as a production company based near Selkirk. He has written twelve books, including Kelsae, The Reivers, The Sea Kingdoms, The Borders and The Wall, all of which are published by Birlinn.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th March 2013

Author

Alistair Moffat

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Author's Website

www.alistairmoffat.co.uk/

Publisher

Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Hardback
272 pages

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