Ancestors: The Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials by Alice Roberts (Simon & Schuster) – An extraordinary exploration of the ancestry of Britain through seven burial sites. By using new advances in genetics and taking us through important archaeological discoveries, Professor Alice Roberts helps us better understand life today.
I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain by Anita Sethi (Bloomsbury) – Anita Sethi was on a journey through Northern England when she became the victim of a race-hate crime. A crushing sense of claustrophobia made her long for wide open spaces, to breathe deeply in the great outdoors. A journey of reclamation through the natural landscapes of the North, brilliantly exploring identity, nature, place and belonging.
The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us by Nick Hayes (Bloomsbury) – The vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to us because we are banned from setting foot on it. The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over the walls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers, woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access.
The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveals the Future of Our World by Tim Marshall (Elliott & Thompson) – Exploring ten regions that are set to shape global politics in a new age of great-power rivalry: Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Greece, Turkey, the Sahel, Ethiopia, Spain and Space and delivered with Tim Marshall’s trademark wit and insight, this is a lucid and gripping exploration of the power of geography to shape humanity’s past, present – and future.