Alice Roberts, tag

The Book Juggle

Since I’ve been pretty busy, and haven’t actually managed to finish a book in a while, I saw this tag over on @Books and Blends and thought it would be perfect. Plus, I haven’t done a tag in a while…

The Book Juggle originates over @Vicariously & Voraciously, which is a new find for me – but it’s super cool.

The Book Juggle is all about what you’re reading at the moment, and what you think so far. It’s a great way of organising your thoughts, and I think it’s pretty interesting to get an as-you-go-along review!

The Celts: Search for a Civilisation

Author: Alice Roberts | Publisher: Heron Books

The Celts are one of the world’s most mysterious ancient people. In this compelling account, Alice Roberts takes us on a journey across Europe, uncovering the truth about this engimatic tribe: their origins, their treasure and their enduring legacy today. What emerges is not a wild people, but a highly sophisticated tribal culture that influenced the ancient world – and even Rome.

It is the story of a multicultural civilization, linked by a common language.

It is the story of how ideas travelled in prehistory, how technology and art spread across the continent.

It is the story of a five-hundred year fight between two civilizations that came to define the world we live in today.

It is the story of a culture that changed Europe forever.

I went to visit Wroxeter with my grandparents a couple of weeks ago. We’ve been compiling our family tree, and it turns out we had an ancestor who lived there. Wroxeter’s a great day out, we had a blast, and I found the whole thing very interesting. It’s an English Heritage site, who are a fantastic organisation, and there’s a little museum, a shop (where I spent wayyyy too much money!), and the excavations are incredible. I highly recommend it, if you’re interested in that sort of thing, and get a chance to go.

Anyway, I’m trying to write a fiction book based around the lives of those ancestors I mentioned, so I picked this up at Wroxeter for research purposes.

I’m enjoying it so far, though it’s focused more on the Celts on European mainland than in Britain, which is a bit of a bummer for my area of research – but still relatively useful, and quite interesting.

Alice Roberts is a TV presenter, and you totally get that from her style of writing. I actually like that, because I think it makes it more readable.

There’s a lot about how ideas and culture travelled amongst different tribes, which I think is being over-laboured. I mean, we get it… The people didn’t actually move, they were trading stuff…

And the colour pictures are useful. Pet peeve: I wish they would put the pictures next to the thing they’re illustrating, because I hate having to figure out what they relate to…

I think there might be a BBC series for this? I might check that out next, if I can find it.



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