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Watling Street: Travels Through Britain and Its Ever-Present Past Hardcover – 11 May 2017

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (13 July 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1474603475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1474603478
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'In Watling Street, an exploration of modern Britain and what it means to be British today, Higgs offers a more nuanced understanding of the national psyche . . . a book for our times' (Ian Thomson Observer)

'Mischievous and iconoclastic . . . [Higgs's] is a systematising imagination, able to harness disparate elements and find the patterns that animate them; that he does so in a more socially inclusive manner than many enriches his theories enormously' (Melissa Harrison Financial Times)

'A new vision of England . . . full of magic, mystery and bits of William Blake' (Ian Samson Times Literary Supplement)

'A bravura piece of writing - Bill Bryson on acid' (Tom Holland)

'It has been said by the old magicians that Watling Street was created in a single night. Or revealed to us between sleeping and waking - a potentiality that is always there but which we have to learn to read. John Higgs does just that: a bright necklace of recoveries and collisions and remarkable witnesses. A tale-telling pilgrim to entertain and inform as we jolt along the way' (Iain Sinclair)

'A humorous and thoughtful guide' (Huston Gilmore Daily Express)

'Myths combine with staggeringly fascinating facts, while Higgs' take on our national imagination and the nature of history is refreshingly original . . . [A] mad, but brilliant, odyssey' (Rebecca Armstrong I Paper)

'Watling Street is unusual, original and strangely beautiful. It's full of wonderful stories about this remarkable road, expertly brought to life by Higgs. And even though it's a travel book, it has more to say about the current climate than most political books' (Jamie Bartlett, author of Radicals)

'On a long drive like this, your companion matters as much as the route, of course - and Higgs is an entertaining one, garrulous but disinclined to hector' (Tom Sutcliffe Mail on Sunday Event)

'A truly fascinating book . . . from one of the best writers on cultural history we have' (Scott Pack)

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A journey along one of Britain's oldest roads, from Dover to Anglesey, in search of the hidden history that makes us who we are today.

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