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'The river is a great depository of past lives',
This review is from: The Thames: Sacred River (Hardcover)I have just spent an enjoyable couple of weeks meandering through this book acquiring all manner of new knowledge.
While this book is a treat for the prose alone, the knowledge presented had me wanting to rush in many different directions to explore new possibilities. The story of the Thames is as much a part of British history as any conventional reportage of people and events.
The book would have benefitted from some tighter editing. As written, the text seems to suggest that Claudius was in Britain only a decade or so after Julius Caesar instead of almost 90 years later. While in the lifetime of the river itself this time difference is almost infinitesimal, it jars and is unnecessary.
I found myself drifting in the book: fascinated by the facts, interested by the speculation and intrigued by the possibilities. 'Water is utterly mysterious'
'Thames' contains a bibliography which provides a starting point for further exploration.
Highly recommended, but not necessarily as an authoritative source of historical dates.