What has 'Roman Britain' meant to the British people since the Romans left? And what does Roman Britain mean to us now? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Charlotte Higgins leads us through the history, and by using some of Britain's most intriguing ancient monuments, Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and history, in an entirely fresh way.
©2013 Charlotte Higgins (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic reviews

"An utterly original history, lyrically alive to the haunting presence of the past and our strange and familiar ancestors." ( Sunday Times)
"Mesmerising. Sophisticated and passionate. She personalizes the story in a diaristic, almost poetic tone." ( Guardian)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 23-08-14

A readable and entertaining guide to Roman Britain

If you could sum up Under Another Sky in three words, what would they be?

How we endured lost and found the Romans in Britain

What other book might you compare Under Another Sky to, and why?

Mary Beard's fabulous book on Pompeii: just as good though the subject matter is less well known and the archaeology is far less complete.

Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I will look out for her.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Richly textured, colourful, poignant stories about the people and the landscape, and the archaeologists who revealed them to us.

Any additional comments?

I know the Lake District pretty well, but mainly from the perspective of a walker or through the eyes of artists like Wordsworth or Ruskin, but I've never really appreciated the Roman dimension to the area. I shall be taking a paperback edition with me when I visit soon, plus another author whom Charlotte Higgins recommends.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By john on 23-11-17

Under a Roman Britain sky

Didn't really know what to expect when i downloaded this title, but straight away i loved it. The story was interesting and at times had me spell bound, the narrators voice was perfect. I have always loved history but did not know too much about the roman period so this journey around Britain by camper van was just great.

I was so captivated by this audio book that i listened to it on my commute to work and finished it quite quickly. When i wasn't listening to it i was googling the places and people to learn more. I looked at poets artists and the places she spoke about and ended up totally absorbed.

I loved the way the author tied in the Romans to present day and more recent history this added much interest and made it come alive.

This weekend i am bound for waterstones to pick up a copy of the Aenid by Virgil and the Metamorphoses by Ovid.

I have also made a list of places to visit to see more of the places mentioned.

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4 out of 5 stars
By John S. on 17-05-16

Well intergrated travel narrative and history

The author makes clear early on that this isn't a look at "how" Roman Britons lived on a day-to-day basis, as much as an examination how of those centuries fit in with (relate to) British history and identity. For example, there's an assumption that the island was entirely Caucasian at the time, when it's clear from testing remains that multi-racial residents with origins across the Empire were far from rare. Tough to explain exactly, but my point is that the author doesn't go from site to site dwelling on artifacts for an extrapolated picture of what the area was probably like back then.

Excellent audio narration brings the adventure to life.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie on 26-07-14

Wrong narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. The subject matter is of interest but the narrator's voice does not do justice to the material.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Under Another Sky?

Can't think of any.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She drops her voice at the end of sentences, swallows words frequently and attempts very unsatisfactorily to imitate male voices. She may be successful with some types of fiction but certainly not with a book like this one.

Did Under Another Sky inspire you to do anything?

Perhaps to read the book so that I can appreciate it more fully.

Any additional comments?


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