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    DescriptionThis is shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize and the Thwaites Wainwright Prize. This is a book about the encounter with Roman Britain: about what the idea of 'Roman Britain' has meant to those who came after Britain's 400-year stint as province of Rome - from the medieval mythographer-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth to Edward Elgar and W.H. Auden. What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Charlotte Higgins has traced these tales by setting out to discover the remains of Roman Britain for herself, sometimes on foot, sometimes in a splendid, though not particularly reliable, VW camper van. Via accounts of some of Britain's most intriguing, and often unjustly overlooked ancient monuments, Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and British history, in an entirely fresh way: as indelibly marked by how the Romans first imagined, and wrote, these strange and exotic islands, perched on the edge of the known world, into existence.


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    Title
    Under Another Sky
    Subtitle
    Journeys in Roman Britain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charlotte Higgins
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 620 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224090896
    ISBN 10: 0224090895
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1DBK, 1QDAR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    DC23: 936.104
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, NKD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBA
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Jonathan Cape Ltd
    Publication date
    25 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Charlotte Higgins was born in Stoke-on-Trent and studied Classics at Balliol College, Oxford. She is the Guardian's chief arts writer.
    Review quote
    "Wonderfully written and full of unexpected facts. Higgins brings Roman Britain into the present." -- Richard Sennett "Beautifully crafted... The beauty of this book is not just in the elegant prose and the precision with which she skewers her myths. It is in the sympathy that she shows for the myth-makers, the men and woman who so very much wanted their very own Roman Britain." -- Peter Stothard The Times "Mesmerising... Sophisticated and passionate. She personalizes the story in a diaristic, almost poetic tone...her prose reminds me at times of W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn...similarly haunted by a sense of a past slipping away." -- Tim Whitmarsh Guardian "Smart and up-to-date, sensitive but hard-headed, impeccably researched but gloriously poetic. The layering of themes, moods and topics is staggering. There's nothing like quite it." -- Tom Holland, author of 'Rubicon' and 'Persian Fire' "Under Another Sky should be on every shelf in the UK. Part travelogue, part handbook and part revisionist history, it is a personal and vivid encounter with landscapes, artefacts and people... Beautifully considered and written." -- Ruth Padel New Statesman
    Review text
    Wonderfully written and full of unexpected facts. Higgins brings Roman Britain into the present.
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    The eighteenth-century antiquary who was fooled by a historical hoax so compelling that it took a century to unmask; the nineteenth-century septuagenarian who walked the length of Hadrian's Wall, twice, believing he would be the last to undertake a journey so evidently quixotic; the modern papyrologists who, with all the skill of wartime code breakers, decipher the fragmentary scrawls of surviving writing by the Romans in Britain: it is the rich and evocative stories of these people, and many others, that are told in Under Another Sky. This is a book about the encounter with Roman Britain: about what the idea of ‘Roman Britain’ has meant to those who came after Britain's 400-year stint as province of Rome - from the medieval mythographer-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth to Edward Elgar and W.H. Auden. What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Charlotte Higgins has traced these tales by setting out to discover the remains of Roman Britain for herself, sometimes on foot, sometimes in a splendid, though not particularly reliable, VW camper van. Via accounts of some of Britain's most intriguing, and often unjustly overlooked ancient monuments, Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and British history, in an entirely fresh way: as indelibly marked by how the Romans first imagined, and wrote, these strange and exotic islands, perched on the edge of the known world, into existence.