The Book Shelf – January 2020

The Book Shelf – January 2020

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I’m an avid reader, I have significantly less time to read than I would like but I just try to make some progress with my books.  Ideally, I would like to read a book a month in 2020. 

I have so many books on my shelf that are asking to be read… and I’d like to put a dent in that over the course of the year. 

My January book is going to be

The Birth of Modern Britain by Francis Pryor.  

I love anything by Francis Pryor and have so much respect for archaeologist he is.  In fact, he admits how out of his depth he really was writing this book in the introduction.

I picked up my copy of the book second hand from Amazon.  It was less than £3 and turns out to be a signed copy… It may not mean much to other people, but I’m thrilled about it.

As much as reading The Birth of Modern Britain is for pleasure, it also serves the purpose of being the same historical period as the OU module I’m studying.

About The Birth of Modern Britain

From the author of Britain BC, Britain AD, and Britain in the Middle Ages comes the fourth and final part in a critically acclaimed series on Britain’s hidden past

The relevance of archaeology to the study of the ancient world is indisputable. But, when exploring our recent past, does it have any role to play? In The Birth of Modern Britain Francis Pryor highlights archaeology’s continued importance to the world around us.

The pioneers of the Industrial Revolution were too busy innovating to record what was happening around them but fortunately the buildings and machines they left behind bring the period to life. During the Second World War, the imminent threat of invasion meant that constructing strong defences was much more important than keeping precise records. As a result, when towns were flattened, archaeology provided the only real means of discovering what had been destroyed.

Surveying the whole post-medieval period, from 1550 until the present day, Francis Pryor takes us on an exhilarating journey, bringing to a gripping conclusion his illuminating study of Britain’s hidden past.