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AdvantagesGood overview of wide period of time, engaging author

DisadvantagesWould have liked some theories to have been more evidence based

...I bought Neil Oliver's History of Ancient Britain when it was part of a buy one get one half price offer in WH Smith. It was a bit of a whim really, beause while I like history, I don't know much about the earlier periods. The book is based on a BBC T.V series presented by the author, which I haven't watched so I was buying the book "blind" if you like. I don't regret buying it but I also found...

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AdvantagesWell argued theories and balanced arguments, useful illustrations

DisadvantagesDistracting writing approach give the book an autobiographical feel at times, England centric

...programme often, and I remembered Francis clearly as a Bronze Age expert. Most recently, I have seen his work mentioned in other history books such as Neil Oliver's History of Ancient Britain. I couldn't wait to read this book, but unfortunately it didn't really live up to my expectations. THE AUTHOR As mentioned above, Francis Pryor is a working archaeogist. His work at a Bronze Age site at Flag...

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AdvantagesVery funny, very well written and a thoroughly enjoyable read

DisadvantagesNone - although if you don't share O'Farrell's sense of humour you might disagree

...for Spitting Image, a column in The Guardian and his own website, News Biscuit. One thing that is constant throughout his writing is his wit - he is incredibly funny and unlike so many writers with fairly trenchant political ideas, he is quite capable of mocking not just the opposition, but everyone - including himself. An Utterly Impartial History of Britain The subtitle to this book is Or 2...

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