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Farewell Britannia by Simon Young

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Farewell Britannia by Simon Young

Post by parthianbow » Wed December 5th, 2012, 5:39 am

I thought it a crying shame when this little gem of a book went out of print (it was only published in 2009). The saying 'Do not judge a book by its cover' has never been more true of this novel - ignore the awful cover! It's essentially a series of short stories covering the Roman occupation of Britain. The author cleverly uses members of one family to link the stories down the generations. It's wonderfully written, and a compelling read. One of the things I liked most about this collection was the way that the author had used little historical facts or finds and placed them in his stories. There's a great explanation of each at the back of the book.

A highly recommended read. Five solid stars out of five.
Ben Kane
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Spartacus - UK release 19 Jan. 2012. US release June 2012.

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Post by Lisa » Wed December 5th, 2012, 10:20 am

I have a copy of this on my TBR pile. I agree about the cover, it's a bit 'different', but the idea sounded interesting. Glad to hear it's worth a read!

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Post by annis » Wed December 5th, 2012, 6:12 pm

Loved this book - well written with lots of fascinating detail, memorable characters and a nice touch of wickedly sly humour, engendered by the culture gap between Briton and Roman and Roman underestimation of British savvy. I think it just never got promoted well enough - I would never have come across it if Ben hadn't mentioned it a while ago and tempted me into buying it :)
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