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Both Meet the Ancestors and Blood of the Vikings are both now out of print but I usually have the odd second hand copy for sale at talks that I am giving.
Most of the English Heritage Stonehenge quadrilogy (not sure if this is a word but it should be) is still in print and consists of:
The guide book Stonehenge. This was one of the first in English Heritages new guidebook series and was revised in 2011 to incorporate some of the new discoveries in the landscape and some new ideas about Stonehenge itself. It contains some great reconstructions by Peter Dunn of the different stages in Stonehenges development. It is available in Spanish, German, Japanese and French. A completely new guidebook is in production to go with the new Visitor Centre which opens in late 2013.
Stonehenge, a history in photographs - This started off as an idea for 10 years of Stonehenge from the air to commemorate the centenary of the first aerial photograph of Stonehenge supposedly taken from a balloon in 1904. However, it was quickly realised that a book filled entirely with aerial views of Stonehenge wouldnt be very interesting so the scope was widened to include all sorts of photographs of Stonehenge.
This pushed the starting point back to 1853 and the resulting pictures now take in restoration, excavation, vandalism, the changing face of the stones, some aerial photographs and celebration in all its forms, from Druids and Morris dancers to a very cold naked lady. I have tried to make this more than just a picture book, more than disjointed images with captions, and have instead used the pictures to tell the story of the last 150 years of Stonehenges long life. This was the social history of Stonehenge which, despite selling well at Stonehenge, being an English Heritage product and not needing any revision, is now out of print. Can anyone explain the logic behind this? I still have a few copies of this for sale.
The Amazing pop-up Stonehenge - All the questions that youve always wanted to ask and some of the answers. Stonehenge pops up, there are stones to drag and lift, a skeleton to discover and the function of the stones is explained with a little help from some mobile sheep. Age range? 8 80.
The book is brought to life by Linda Birkinshaws wonderful pictures and paper engineering. History is fun!
Stonehenge the story so far. This is the big book, first published in 2007, that explains our current understanding of Stonehenge and the amazing landscape that surrounds it. This book deals with the big questions: what is Stonehenge? how old is it? how was it built and perhaps most puzzling of all, why was it built? Centuries of antiquarian speculation and investigation are explored along with the results of all the 20th century excavations, finally analysed and available.
The title is very deliberate; we will never know all the answers, never understand Stonehenge fully, but this is the most up to date account available, written from my perspective of nearly 30 years of involvement with the stones and the landscape.
It is, as they say, copiously illustrated, not just with the old favourite Stonehenge pictures but some fascinating but obscure images that I went to a lot of trouble to find.
This is currently being revised and will the new version will be out in late 2013. be
Inspired by Stonehenge (subtitled a celebration of the weird and wonderful) is a small booklet that was published by Hobnob Press in 2009 to accompany the exhibition of the same name. The exhibition, which toured Wiltshires museums in 2009 and 2010, was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Im sure that there a novel lurking somewhere in my unconscious mind.....