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Prehistoric Wiltshire: An Illustrated Guide
Prehistoric Wiltshire: An Illustrated Guide
by Bob Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, but only a scratch on the surface, 10 May 2012
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The book has two major advantages, it's pretty much up to date and it has suggestions on access to each of the sites that it lists. It could be, and should be, much longer. Each entry is concise and accurate, but could be more detailed and include site specific references. The pictures that are included are good, but more plans would help, for instance showing the relationship of one site in a section to the others. There are a few sites missing (Wansdyke, East Kennett), which it would be good to have in a further edition. The biggest failing is that strictly confines itself to Wiltshire, it's such a good start that a Prehistoric Wessex should be commissioned immediately!
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The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today
The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today
by Francis Pryor
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pryor rambles over the landscape, 15 Dec 2010
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That Francis Pryor cares deeply about the British Landscape and its History isn't the question, but that this book could have been edited to a tighter, more interesting narrative is. The text is often repetitive, covering the same point twice in as many pages, or splitting it between two separate sections (Leisure by rail and by road). It could be better organized, there is a wealth of excellent material covered, but some of the context shifts are quite annoying. At the end of the day though, Mr Pryor is extremely good when he is on song, whether about matters about which he is a world-renowned expert (Prehistory, or East Anglia), or on other that he clearly has at his heart (the environment). There his inclination to ramble is a pleasure, but in areas where his involvement is less intimate, he seems to be waffling at times and to have skimped on the full story at others. I'd have been happier for a book two thirds the length, covering a lesser span and with perhaps a bit less of the polemic. I agree with his view of the need to care for the landscape, both practically and emotionally, but having it drilled into my skull by a 850 page tome gets a little old after a while. A second edition of Britain BC please Mr Pryor!
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Heartstone (The Shardlake Series)
Heartstone (The Shardlake Series)
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.55

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just too long and too unlikely, 5 Nov 2010
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That the book is a good read isn't the problem, but that it is too long and too unlikely is. The worst part is the involvement of the Mary Rose, it's too pat, too convenient, and far too improbable. It's also beyond (my) belief that Richard Rich was as ineffective as he is written in this book. He was hardly one to be bothered by or with a Shardlake directly. The book should have been edited down to two thirds of its length, cutting out several diversions and much of the over-researched colour description.


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