Bought this book on a recent trip to Avebury. The author calls it a labour of love and my word it shows that on every page. Anybody on their first trip to the region should have this as their bible. Not only is WKLB unpicked to the degree that you can familiarise yourself with every stone, skeleton and fragment of pottery, but there are fascinating descriptions of how the barrow inter-relates with all the other legendary sites in this sacred landscape. The chapters are not too long, are nicely spaced out with pictures, maps and diagrams, and even personal touches (the author even mentions his daughter from time to time and her love of a 'fairy tree' near the slope up to the barrow), giving this the hallmarks of a classic. Immaculately researched by a pagan author who has respect for all other religions and comes across as a really decent human being, it is admirable how he has made an academic subject so easily accessible to the masses. As an amateur astronomer myself, I found the latter chapters on stars fascinating, and for those interested in the paranormal - there is much to be intrigued about.
All in all then - brilliant. I am going back down there in August and buying another copy. One for my rucksack and one for 'best' - it's that good. You could visit WKLB every day in a week's trip with this book and still have something to discover. When you read this, you feel as if you are actually WITH the author - and that is what sets it apart. Even the text font is easy on the eye. Many authors of promising but ultimately dry historical texts could do to buy this and learn from it. It's like reading an advanced school project in a way - only this one would be first class at every level.