Bought 17 Nov 2006 – Bookends

Covering some of the same ground as Bloody Foreigners, this is an exhaustive socio-economic survey of British history. Starting with prehistoric peoples, and using archaeological surveys and techniquest, it looks at population and settlement patterns, reasons for demographic change, and the way in which incoming populations have settled into Britain. Occasional personal touches – sites he has dug on, family experiences, give an edge of humanity, and overall it’s an excellent and well written tome.