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W&N Culture 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 incredibly clear’ – Mojo on Stranger Than We Can Imagine

JOHN HIGGS Watling Street Travels Through Britain and Its Ever-Present Past


a journey along one of britain’s oldest and most enchanting roads, from Dover to anglesey, in search of the hidden history that makes us who we are today.

Long ago a path was created by the passage of feet tramping through endless forests. That path became a track, and the track became a road. It connected the White Cliffs of Dover to the Druid groves of Anglesey. Armies from Rome arrived and straightened the track, which gained the name Watling Street. Today, this ancient road goes by many different names: the A2, the A5 and the M6 Toll. It is a road of witches and ghosts, of queens and highwaymen, of history and myth, of Chaucer, Dickens and James Bond.

The myriad 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 route across our island, but an acutely observed, unexpected exploration of Britain and who we are today, told with wit and an unerring eye for the curious and surprising.

‘as playful and sui generis as the KlF themselves’ Guardian on The KLF

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; and Stranger than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century. He lives in Brighton with his partner and their two children.


Location: Brighton, West Sussex f/johnhiggsauthor T: @johnhiggs

W&N Non-fiction • July 2017