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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711234833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711234833
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The images in this book will give you insight into Stonehedge that you would never get from a single visit. The photos are just stunning and I literally get goosebumps on my arms when I look at them...The circle of stones are definitely one of the worlds greatest wonders, and A Year At Stonehedge has brought them to life in a way I never imagined. I could look at it a thousand times and I'm sure I'd still find something new to wonder at every time. This is definitely a book that will earn a permanent place of honor on the coffee table." - NEW AGE MAMA



"In making this book, architectural photographer Davies was given privileged access to photograph Britain’s ancient site over a five-year period; the resulting photos reveal Stonehenge during different seasons and at all times of the day and night. Included are impressive scenes of Stonehenge in the snow, with the setting sun, and under a full moon. Davies captures close-up images that convey incredible detail about the monument’s history, such as the ancient graffiti carved into the stone monoliths. Also included is a private view of a Druid solstice celebration. The extended time frame and sheer volume of documentation give a concentrated and intimate view of this famous place—something that sets this work apart from other Stonehenge photo books. Stonehenge expert Mike Pitts (editor, British Archaeology) contributes the foreword, which deepens the reader’s understanding of British prehistory, including fascinating information on how the stone circle has been rearranged and even rebuilt over the years. Verdict Recommended for Stonehenge enthusiasts and students of British prehistory." - LJ Xpress



"Davies work with Stonehenge is mind blowing. Obviously I’ve always appreciated Stonehenge, how can you not? However I’m not sure I’ve ever truly seen the magic of Stonehenge until I received 'A Year at Stonehenge'." - THE MAGICAL BUFFET



"the wake-up smack in the jaw of Pitts' introduction, coupled with the detail of Davies' images, deepens the reader's understanding of the physicality and significance of the stones in their setting, whether that setting has been altered by plantings, by erosion, by ancient or modern day reconfigurations, or cluttered up by hundreds of revelers." - ABOUT.COM, ARCHAEOLOGY



"This is a book to be treasured, but not put away. A Year at Stonehenge, like the Stone Sanctuary that it attempts to capture, is meant to be marveled at and studied at one’s leisure. James Davies’ masterpiece is a coffee-table book that will be left out on the coffee-table. It’s too mesmerizing to put on a shelf!" - Patheos.com

About the Author

James O. Davies has been an architectural photographer for English Heritage for twenty three years. He has contributed to many books in that time and his work has been widely exhibited and published  throughout the world. He is also a portrait photographer, twice exhibiting in the National Portrait Gallery and having received various awards, including Nikon Independent Award, Ilford Award, and Jane Bown Portrait Award. He has taken the official Portrait of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, as well as the first ever photographic survey of English Prisons, published in two books. He is currently working on a book about post war buildings in Britain.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Elson on October 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This review first appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 10/30/13.

A wonderful book showed up on my doorstep that transported me to the magical world of Stonehenge. With the holidays fast approaching I'm eager to share with all of you "A Year at Stonehenge" by James O. Davies with an introduction by Mike Pitts.

For the last 23 years James O. Davies has been an architectural photographer for English Heritage. He has contributed to many books in that time and his work has been widely published and exhibited throughout the world. He is also a portrait photographer, having twice exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery. He has taken the official portrait of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Davies spent the last 5 years photographing Stonehenge at all times of day and night, and all through the seasons. He was given privileged access to the site so he built up an amazing portfolio.

Amazing doesn't do his work justice. Davies work with Stonehenge is mind blowing. Obviously I've always appreciated Stonehenge, how can you not? However I'm not sure I've ever truly seen the magic of Stonehenge until I received "A Year at Stonehenge". Better still, Davies photos brought out the best in Mike Pitts who provided the introduction.

Instead of getting someone to wax poetic about the beauty and magic of Stonehenge they wisely brought Mike Putts in to provide the introduction. Pitts is a well-known expert on the subject of Stonehenge being the author of "Hengeworld". He began his career as an archaeologist and museum curator. He is now a freelance journalist specializing mainly in archaeology, while continuing to conduct original research at Stonehenge where he has directed excavations. In other words, he kind of knows his s*** when it comes to Stonehenge.

The pairing of these two makes "A Year at Stonehenge" a really special book.
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By NewAgeMama TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 1, 2013
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Visiting Stonhenge is top on my bucket list, but with four kids it's not going to happen for awhile. Yet, after reading A Year at Stonehedge, I feel as though I have been there first hand. The images in this book will give you insight into Stonehedge that you would never get from a single visit. The photos are just stunning and I literally get goosebumps on my arms when I look at them. There are dozens of snapshots of the stones in every season and all different times of day. See them with a light brushing of snow, with the full moon overhead, and with a bright red sunset in the background. You will also get a behind the scenes look at Druids celebrating the winter and summer solstice, adorned in all their spiritual regalia. The pictures are so detailed, you can see the moss growing on the sides of the stones and the grey hair sprinkled in the Druid's full beard. I especially enjoyed the section on the "graffiti" where you can see how people carved their names into the statue hundreds and maybe even thousands of years ago. The circle of stones are definitely one of the worlds greatest wonders, and A Year At Stonehedge has brought them to life in a way I never imagined. I could look at it a thousand times and I'm sure I'd still find something new to wonder at every time. This is definitely a book that will earn a permanent place of honor on the coffee table.

***complimentary copy received in exchange for an honest review***
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhiannon Nerys on December 12, 2013
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These photos are breathtaking!
I will recommend this book to all my friends.
It would make a terrific gift to anyone who loves photography, England or Stonehenge.
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This book was purchased by me for a birthday present. Her birthday is not until Friday so I cannot make any comment on her satisfaction but I know from experience she will love it.
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