bookshelves: published-2001, britain-scotland, nonfiction, one-penny-wonder, autumn-2010, ancient-history, archaeology, vikings, sciences
Read from October 19 to 20, 2010
** spoiler alert ** A keeper for sure; one never knows when one can break out the Nordic war-boat and head out to investigate the islands. A meandering description with black and white photos dotted throughout, also a few diagrams and maps.
About the author (wiki-sourced) - Adam Nicolson is the son of writer Nigel Nicolson and grandson of the writers Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson. He was educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge and has worked as a journalist and columnist on the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Nicolson was married to Olivia Fane from 1982 to 1992. They had three sons. Since 1992 Nicolson has been married to Sarah Raven. He and his wife have two daughters and live at Perch Hill Farm in Sussex and at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.
First sentence - For the Last twenty years I have owned some islands
Grandmother(Vita Sackville-West) died and left father some money and an advert had been seen in the Daily Telegraph
. Some previous owners were Compton Mackenzie
, Lord Leverhulme and more recently, a racehorse breeder. It doesn't take a genius to see that this was not a good place to rear Derby winners