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Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; First Edition edition (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408702789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408702789
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justin Hill was born in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island in 1971 and was brought up in York. He was educated at England's oldest school - St Peter's, York (founded 627 AD), and studied Medieval Literature at St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University.

Justin worked for seven years as a volunteer with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in rural China and Eritrea, East Africa. Interviewers have likened him to George Orwell, a boxer, and Tolstoy.

The Independent on Sunday listed as one of the UK's Top Twenty Young British Writers in 2002. His vivid depictions of his experiences in fiction and travelogues have been acclaimed both at home and internationally, as well as being banned by the Chinese government. He has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His work has been shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Encore Award.

He is currently writing the Conquest Series: which covers the events around the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Shieldwall, the first of these, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year.

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'Exciting, imaginative and gripping'
--The Times

'With wonderful poetic passages Hill reached beyond the limits of the genre and gives us something that has resonance and harks back to the halls of our Saxon forebears in those dark days of the early eleventh century' --Guardian

'Engaging . . . An exciting, imaginative and gripping reminder that there was life in the old place before the Norman invasion' --Kate Saunders, The Times

'With wonderful poetic passages Hill reached beyond the limits of the genre and gives us something that has resonance and harks back to the halls of our Saxon forebears in those dark days of the early eleventh century' --Guardian

'A vivid historical novel written in supple, intelligent prose.Brings the distant world of pre-Conquest England to life . . . Entirely convincing' --Sunday Times

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* A superbly evocative novel chronicling the momentous events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Spawton on 10 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm only halfway through Shieldwall but have been driven to write a review because of the extraordinary quality of this book.

After reading Julian Rathbone's The Last English King, I became very interested in historical fiction and have enjoyed many fine novels (Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden etc.)

Unfortunately, I have found some diminishing returns in recent years and, all too often, have failed to finish books due to clunky writing, poor story-telling and other perceived faults (maybe I'm just getting fussy in middle-age).

However, Shieldwall has had a similar impact to The Last English King. The writing is beautiful and the characters are entirely believable. I've just got to the first battle scene and it was as exciting (and upsetting) a depiction of combat as I've ever read. Somebody died (I won't say who) and it felt like it hit me as hard as the arrow hit the character.

I understand there will be a sequel. Thank goodness as I don't want this book to end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K.SPARK on 31 May 2013
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Most historical novels you read are kind of the literary equivalent of a waxwork museum, or a costume drama. Reading them, you're always aware that the author's looking back at the era through 21st century glasses, and the portrait is unintentionally shaded by our time, it's prejudices and tastes. "Shieldwall" is different; it's a heck of an imaginative feat, how can I explain it? Justin Hill captures an England just about to emerge from the dark ages, the radiance and the terror of an England at once primal in its unspoiled beauty and in the savagery of war. He writes a vivid prose, that manages a hard Anglo-Saxon realism and a poetry that is all his, and the characters after 20 pages or so, become people we know as deeply as we've known anyone, and I can think of no higher praise for a writer than that. "Shieldwall" is a kind of necromancy; Mr. Hill has brought the voice of Old England back from the darkness, and I recommend the book utterly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I. B. Pitbladdo VINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2011
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To be honest, I wasn't sure about this one at the start, it seemed a bit lacklustre and slow.
How wrong can you be?
Once into its stride this became a gripping tale of some of history's less well known, but in their time, major players. Justin Hill's novel is well researched and shines a welcome and erudite light on 'The Dark Ages' pre 1066.
Those interested in history will be familiar with Harold Godwinson etc. but I'm willing to bet few will be aware of his father's doings let alone his grandfather's. This then is the setting for 'Shieldwall' and while the events portrayed played out a thousand years ago Mr Hill puts a very creditable, if difficult to prove, interpretation on them. The result is an excellent novel, Mr Hill has the story telling gift, no doubt of it.
If you like Conn Iggulden or Harry sidebottom try Justin Hill I don't think you will be disappointed, I'm certainly eager for the next instalment.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2011
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When I ordered this book, my expectations were somewhat low. It seemed that this one would be yet another book on the Vikings battling and raiding the Anglo-Saxons. Yet this one stands out in several respects.

The main character is somewhat original. Instead of the "usual" novels on the Great Army or King Alfred, on the one hand, and all the stuff on Harold Godwinson, 1066 and all that, this book is about the younger years of his father - Godwin Wulfnothson, under King Ethelread and Edmund "Ironside".

It is also very well researched and well documented with the author "sticking" to historical facts as much as he can and telling a plausible story where there are no facts - such as the role of Wulfnoth and his exile in Dublin, of which we know next to nothing.

One disappointment, however, was that Justin Hill seemed less interested in telling the story of Godwin's service to Knut. A pity because this is itself could have made a good story. Perhaps he is saving it for his second tome which I will most certainly buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Feb. 2013
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By sheer good fortune I came across this wonderful book in my local library and I'm so very glad I did. It simply sucked me in and I read it more-or-less in one sitting. It's just a fabulously well-written and compulsive page-turner. The characters, settings and sense of period are magnificently well-drawn and for any fan of historical fiction interested in this period of history, I find it hard to believe that any reader will be disappointed. Amazingly, reading the reviews, there are some who didn't enjoy it - but, one can't please everyone. If I had one criticism to make it's the author's constant use of Anglo-Saxon place names which I found distracting, not a little irritating, and, perhaps, a little pointless. But I'm sure he had his reasons and the book is so faultless otherwise I will just have to find it in my heart to forgive him. There may well be historical inaccuracies also - but any writer of fiction has to do just that: write fiction. It's just a great read and if Justin Hill is really writing a sequel - as the afterword suggests - then I look forward to that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Averil on 21 Feb. 2013
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I bought this book for my husband as a present,as he is a big fan of this whole Norse,"Viking"/Saxon/Norman genre.
He said after reading Helen Horricks review- Spot on!
The main characters have depth,warmth and likeability. Smaller characters join in, adding some more flavour, combined with historical education on certain points, and describing intricately the world the characters lived in,whether by sight,sound, or ideas?
Godwin,his son Harold,and Edmund Ironside are mentioned, which is good, as old Ironsides is often sadly forgotten by history and authors?
A cracking good read that if you like Justins style of writing, and the groundwork and subject matter/characters part mentioned herein? Will leave you chomping at the bit to read the next book in the series,as this book, builds the tension nicely for greater things to come,in the harsh days ahead for the Saxon struggle.
10/10 for especially his 1st work... which promises to be a cracking good read in the next anticipated book?
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