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The Origins of the British: The New Prehistory of Britain: A Genetic Detective Story Paperback – 12 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; New Ed edition (12 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845294823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845294823
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Be prepared to have all your cherished notions of English history and Britishness swept away. (Clive Gamble)

The historians' account is wrong in almost every detail. In Dr
Oppenheimer's reconstruction of events, the principal ancestors
of today's British and Irish populations arrived from Spain
about 16,000 years ago.

(New York Times)

He upends some of the most deeply rooted notions of where
the British people come from, and does so in a clear, painstaking
and detailed way. The result is both fascinating and unexpected.

(Geographical)

Particularly illuminating ... The author carefully lays out the genetic data that show how three-quarters of Britishness dates to the repopulation after the northern ice sheets last retreated, and
takes us through a fascinating investigation of what this means for some cherished notions of Britishness.

(Nature)

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'British prehistory will never look the same again.' Professor Colin Renfrew, University of Cambridge

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