Can’t-Wait Wednesday | Ancestors: A History of Britain in Thirteen Burials

Posted February 10, 2021 by Stephanie in can't-wait wednesday / 17 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read.


Ancestors: A History of Britain in Thirteen Burials
Expected publication: May 27th 2021 by Simon & Schuster Ltd

This book is about belonging: about walking in ancient places, in the footsteps of the ancestors. It’s about reaching back in time, to find ourselves, and our place in the world.

We often think of Britain springing from nowhere with the arrival of the Romans. But in Ancestors, pre-eminent archaeologist, broadcaster and academic Professor Alice Roberts explores what we can learn about the very earliest Britons – from their burial sites. Although we have very little evidence of what life was like in prehistorical times, here their stories are told through the bones and funerary offerings left behind, preserved in the ground for thousands of years.

Told through seven fascinating burial sites, this groundbreaking prehistory of Britain teaches us more about ourselves and our history: how people came and went; how we came to be on this island.


I was surprised when I saw Alice Roberts revealing the cover of her new upcoming book because I had no idea she had a new one coming out this year. But now I’m really excited to get my hands on it as soon as it releases because it sounds like a super fascinating nonfiction and SO up my alley. I just can’t wait!


17 responses to “Can’t-Wait Wednesday | Ancestors: A History of Britain in Thirteen Burials

  1. Echoing what others have said, this really does sound fascinating. It’s a nonfiction mystery uncovered. I haven’t read anything by her before, but will have to add this one to my wish list. I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

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