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The Dig - John Preston

Viking, 2007, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

From the cover: “It’s the summer of 1939, and Britain is preparing for war. In London there are evening air-raid drills, and trenches are being dug across Hyde Park. Even in sleepy Suffolk preparations are afoot — soon there will be huge barrage balloons floating above the Deben Estuary, unlikely barriers to German aircraft. But above the river, in the farmland around Sutton House, a different kind of battle is taking place — one that revolves around a much earlier foreign invader. When Mrs Pretty invited local archaeologist Basil Brown to have a go at excavating the enormous earth-mounds on her land, she was confident he would find something. And he did, with the help of a couple of farmhands and young Robert, her son. Yet even Mrs Pretty would never have guessed at the sheer magnificence of what Basil would find… and the turmoil it would unleash. As news of the finds filtered out and a posse of archaeologists and local dignitaries descended on the site, Mrs Pretty began to disappear mysteriously to London every week — leaving behind a maelstrom of passion and deceit, comedy and ambition, to play itself out in the Suffolk countryside in the last days before the bigger war began. Recreating the sheer excitement of the Sutton Hoo discovery, Preston has also painted a wonderfully vivid and poignant portrait of the characters involved — thwarted and elated by turns, preoccupied by the past and fearful of the future.”
Size: 8¾" x 5½"
Number of Pages: 231
ISBN: 0670914916

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