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W&N History Hb July £16.99 320pp 978 1 474 60347 8 ebook: £16.99 / 978 1 474 60349 2

‘Reading John Higgs is like being shot with a diamond. Suddenly everything becomes terrifyingly clear’ – Mojo on Stranger Than We Can Imagine

JOHN HIGGS Watling Street

The hidden story of Britain’s oldest and most enchanting road that explores the notion of Britishness along the way.

Watling Street is a road of witches and ghosts, of queens and highwaymen, of history and fiction, of Dickens, byron and Chaucer. Along this route boudicca met her end, the battle of bosworth changed royal history, bletchley Park codebreakers cracked Nazi transmissions, and Capability brown remodelled the English landscape. The hundreds of thousands of people who use this road every day might think it unremarkable, but, as John Higgs shows, it hides its secrets in plain sight. Watling Street is not just the story of a road, but an acutely observed, unexpected exploration of britain, told with lyricism, wit and an unerring eye for curious and intriguing detail.

• an eclectic cross-country adventure with stops and stories along the way in Dover, Canterbury, london, Northampton, snowdonia and anglesey.

John higgs is the author of I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary, The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds, Stranger Than We Can Imagine and the novels The Brandy of the Damned and The First Church of the Moon.

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Location: brighton, Sussex Available for interview www.johnhiggs.com T: @johnhiggs

W&N Non-fiction • July 2017