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Very readable but with no real conclusions,
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This review is from: The Tribes of Britain (Paperback)
So, what did I like about this book?
It was very readable - almost un-put-down-able. It went from era to era seamlessly and I was impressed with the author's grasp of the history of Britain and his obvious knowledge and enthusiasm for archaeology. I really ENJOYED the book but had a number of reservations about it...
Where I felt it let me down was in a number of areas. Here and there it merely drifts into narrative about the history of Britain - with little thought as to `the tribes of Britain'. I am unsure what I was expecting - maybe some more about the genetic make-up of today's Briton. There are large swathes of the book where it just tells me people and events which you can read in countless other General History of Britain books.
Also, it was a little strange how the author kept putting in bits from his own experiences and childhood - in some ways it was endearing but I also found it a little distracting.
The main reason why this didn't get top marks for me though was that there were absolutely no conclusions. Indeed the last chapter ends with a bit of a whimper - he just is "chatting" about the New Britons and then it ends. Not really much about what the whole book means - how the Face of Britain is expected to change in the future really. Almost as though he was told to write 450 pages and when he got to page 450 he just typed a fullstop and that was it.
The four stars show that I enjoyed this book - it just left me feeling it needed one more draft and a concluding chapter.