6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book was not edited,
This review is from: A History of Ancient Britain (Hardcover)
I have flung this book against a wall several times and it is probably the higly interesting topics that bring me back to the book. BUT
I contend with my own uneven writing on historical topics and, as a result, I can spot books which suffer from lack of editing. I still want to see the BBC TV series of the same name, the book has not put me off his topic nor his ideas. But the book does him no favours...after the tautly-written first and second chapters, the chapters get pretty disorganized and rambling. Granted one of these chapters covers the "celts" and that is a trying topic...he could have presented the material in a more organized way
Surely the publisher can afford an editor and surely the heartbreakingly self-critical Niel Oliver can tolerate some editing?