04 Jan 2011 – Waterstones

A clever telling of English history through the history of one village in Leicestershire, Kibworth, which handily has a lot of archaeological and documentary evidence associated with it, showing how it has been affected by the sweep of history.  Great on the early times, and not as much speculation as I’d feared – but it skips rather after the 1600s, and I’d have loved a round-up of the "Big Dig" findings that inspired the TV series.  Suffered from a lack of commas and general copy-editing, but good maps and illustrations and in general a good read.