THE ISLAND SUNRISE: Prehistoric Culture in the British Isles by Jill Paton Walsh

THE ISLAND SUNRISE: Prehistoric Culture in the British Isles

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Drawing on archaeological evidence and its interpretation by scholars, Walsh has put together a responsible, thorough ""cultural history"" of prehistoric Britain from the earliest Stone Age wanderers through the Bronze Age (which, it is now believed, developed independently in Britain), and up to the Roman invasion. The scope and unavoidable sketchiness of the data predisposes such a work to a certain monotony of tone; not until the historically documented Celts appear does life begin to stir--and that largely with the aid of quotes from contemporary descriptions. But this is no droning recapitulation. Walsh's reporting is interspersed with commentary, conclusions and speculation, and she communicates her own evident interest in her subject in a way that is both accessible to her YA audience and totally uncondescending.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1976
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Seabury