Book Reviews

The Book Reviews are organised in alphabetical order by the author’s surname.


The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia (2011)

The Realness of Things Past; Ancient Greece and Ontological History by Greg Anderson (2018)


Geography of Market Centers and Retail Distribution by Brian Berry (1967)

The Significance of the Monuments; on the Shaping of Human Experience in Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe by Richard Bradley(1998)

Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe by Richard Bradley (2005)

A Geography of Offerings: Deposits of Valuables in the Landscapes of Ancient Europe (Oxbow Insights in Archaeology) by Richard Bradley (2016)

The Frontiers of Imperial Rome by David Breeze (2011)

Odysseus Unbound; The Search for Homer’s Ithaca by Robert Brittlestone et al (2005)

The Other Side of Eden: Hunter-gatherers, Farmers and the Shaping of the World by Hugh Brody (2002)


I am an Island by Tamsin Calidas (2020)

Place; an Introduction by Tim Cresswell (2015)

Dostoevsky in Love – An Intimate Life by Alex Christofi (2021)I


The Origins of Sex by Faramerz Dabhoiwala (2012)

City of Djinns; a Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple (1993)

The Anarchy; the relentless rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple (2020)

Stonehenge; the Biography of a Landscape by Timothy Darvill (2007)

Human Evolution; a Pelican Introduction by Robin Dunbar (2014)


The Channel Islands under Tudor Government 1485-1642; a Study of Administrative History by AJ Eagleston (1949)

Jersey 1204; the Making of an Island Community by JA Everard and JC Holt (2004)


The Moral Economy of the Countryside; Anglo-Saxon to Anglo-Norman England by Rosamond Faith (2020)

Walls; a History of Civilization in Blood and Bricks by David Frye (2018)


The Frayed Atlantic Edge; a Historian’s Journey from Shetland to the Channel by David Gage (2019)

The Vanquished; Why the First World War Failed to End 1917-1923 by Robert Gerwarth ( 2017)

The Afrikaners; Biography of a People by Hermann Gilliomee (2003, expanded 2010)

Britons and Anglo-Saxons; Lincolnshire AD 400-650 by Caitlin Green (2020)

FitzRoy, the Remarkable Story of Darwin’s Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast by John and Mary Gribbin (2016)


Guernsey’s Countryside: An Introduction to the History of the Rural Landscape by Richard Hocart (2010)

Archaeological Theory Today by Ian Hodder (editor) ( 2001)



The Dawn Watch; Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff (2005)

How long will South Africa survive?The Looming Crisis by RW Johnson (2015)

Tribe; on Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger ( 2016)


Culture in Nazi Germany by Michael H. Kater (2019)

The Triumph of the Country; The Rural Community in 19th century Jersey by John Kelleher (2017)

Lost Japan by Alex Kerr ( 2015)

The End: Germany, 1944-45 by Ian Kershaw (2011)

The Great Partition; the Making of India and Pakistan by Yasmin Khan (2007)


Britannia, the Failed State; Tribal Conflicts and the End of Roman Britain by Stuart Laycock (2008)

The Medieval Administration of the Channel Islands 1199-1399 by John Le Patourel (1937)

Human Evolution ; an Illustrated Introduction by Roger Lewin (2004)

The Mind in the Cave; Consciousness and the Origins of Art by David Lewis- Williams ( 2002) 


Living with the Gods; on Beliefs and Peoples by Neil MacGregor ( 2017)

The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923 by Sean McMeekin (2016)

The Prehistory of the Mind by Steven Mithen (1998)

After the Ice; a Global Human History 20,000-5,000 BC by Steven Mithen (2004)

The Singing Neanderthals; the Origins of Music, Language,Mind and Body by Steven Mithin (2005)

The Better Half ; on the Genetic Superiority of Women by Sharon Moalem (2020)



The Anglo-Saxon Fenland by Susan Oosthuizen (2017)


The Archaeology of Death and Burial by Mike Parker Pearson (2003)

Stonehenge; Exploring the Greatest Stone Age Mystery by Mike Parker Pearson (2013)

The Gates of Europe; a History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy(2015)

The Children of Ash and Elm; a History of the Vikings By Neil Price (2020)

I am Dynamite; a Life of Frederich Nietzsche by Sue Prideaux (2018)



Factfulness; Ten Reasons We Are Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better than You Think by Hans Rosling et al (2019)


Human Territoriality: Its Theory and History by Robert D Sack (1986)

Place, Modernity and the Consumer’s World by Robert D Sack (1992)

The British Channel Islands Under German Occupation 1940-45 by Paul Sanders (2005)

East West Street; On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity by Philippe Sands (2016)

Six Minutes in May; How Churchill unexpectedly became Prime Minister by Nicholas Shakespeare (2017)

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake (2021)

The Gospel of the Eels by Patrick Svensson(2019)


The Interest; How the British Establishment resisted the Abolition of Slavery by Michael Taylor (2020)

AnthroVision; How Anthropology can Explain Business and Life by Gillian Tett (2022)

Cosmos and Hearth, a Cosmopolite’s Viewpoint by Yi-Fu Tuan (1996)

Space and Place; the Perspective of Experience by Yi Fu Tuan (1977)

Escapism by Yi Fu Tuan (1998)

Religion; from Place to Placenessless by Yi Fu Tuan (2010)




Modern Death; how Medicine changed the End of Life by Haider Warraich (2017)

Europe’s Tragedy; a New History of the Thirty Years’ War by Peter H Wilson ( 2010)

The Holy Roman Empire; a Thousand Years of Europe’s History by Peter H Wilson (2017)

Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania by Shannon Woodcock (2016) 

Catching Fire; How Cooking made us Human by Richard Wrangham (2010)

The Goodness Paradox; How Evolution Made Us More and Less Violent by Richard Wrangham (2019)




The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (2019)