Wednesday, 19 January 2011

FAREWELL BRITANNIA Book Review


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Title: FAREWELL BRITANNIA: A Family Saga of Roman Britain
Author: SIMON YOUNG
Young conjures new life into old bones and is an expert in things Celtic and Anglo Saxon. This is fiction as written by a careful and formidably knowledgeable scholar whose topics touch on Druidic sacrifice to Roman spies, from wolf omens to male bonding by nipple sucking. For imaginative and thrilling engagement with history, this marvellous book is very hard to beat. 400 years of Roman Britain are brought to life in this engaging family saga, from the first seasick Roman soldiers sent to scout the coast of Britain ahead of Caesar's expedition of 55BC, to the chaotic withdrawal of Roman rule in AD410. Well known events such as Boudicca's revolt and the 4th century Barbarian Conspiracy are part of the story. And there are also domestic episodes - a desperate housewife cooking flamingo and a young Christian girl facing martyrdom. A brilliant combination of scholarship and imagination. 286pp in paperback.
Published Price: £8.99
BIBLIOPHILE PRICE: £4

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