"Intriguing and stimulating." —Jane Smiley, Harper's
In this real-life historical treasure hunt, bestselling author Graham Robb—"one of the more unusual and appealing historians currently striding the planet (New York Times)"—reveals the mapping of ancient Gaul as a reflection of the heavens, demonstrates the lasting influence of Druid science and recharts the exploration of the world and the spread of Christianity. This "fascinating" (Los Angeles Times) history offers nothing less than an entirely new understanding of the birth of modern Europe.
About the Author
Best-selling author Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He is an acclaimed historian and biographer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has won the Whitbread Biography Prize and the Heinemann Award for Victor Hugo, as well as the Ondaatje Prize and Duff Cooper Prize for The Discovery of France. His book Parisians was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. He lives on the Anglo-Scottish border.
The historical value of Robb’s vivid portrait of Celtic culture is unquestionable.
— Wendy Smith - Los Angeles Times
— Laura Miller - Salon
The work of a man to whom the past is vividly present.
— Ian Morris - New York Times Book Review
Robb manages his revelations with a showman’s skill, modestly conscious that his book is unfurling a map of Iron Age Europe and Britain that has been inaccessible for millenia.
An ingenious and thoroughly gripping historical and archaeological bolt from the blue.
— New Statesman
Raises intriguing questions about the relationship between tribe and empire, local identity and larger superstructure.
— Rachel Donadio - New York Times
The Discovery of Middle Earth will take you on a grand tour of the ancient world’s secrets.
— James Norton - Christian Science Monitor