To celebrate World Book Day, we wanted to mark the occasion by asking our Guide Lecturers to recommend you a book or two! Many of the experts who lead our tours have published books themselves, but they are also supportive of other writers' projects and we've put together a little reading list for anyone with an interesting in archaeology or history.
What Are Our Expert Guide Lecturers Reading?
Dr. Paul Bahn
“Bluff Your Way in Archaeology”, Dr. Paul Bahn’s most successful book, has been republished. If you missed it the first time around, back in 1988, you now have another opportunity to read it. A truly entertaining read, packed with facts and insider information, this book is perfect for anyone with a keen interest in archaeology. A new, updated and expanded-upon edition will be released through Haynes Publishing later this year. Followers of Paul’s work will also be interested to know that the latest 8th edition of “Archaeology: Theory, Methods and Practice”, by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn is now available via Thames & Hudson.
One of Andante’s most popular Guide Lecturers, Oliver Gilkes, has recommended a book written by Stephen H. Lekson. “A History of the Ancient Southwest” was described by Oliver as being one of the best and most interesting books written by someone he knows. It mixes history, archaeology and great ideas about an unusual yet gripping subject, and you can order yourself a copy online.
Currently working on a brand new novel, best-selling author Ben Kane recommends a great book by Christian Cameron called “Killer of Men”. He said, “It’s the first of a series set in the 5th century BC, when the Persian Empire invaded Greece. Magnificent novels.” If you’re captivated by Ben’s own novels, why not join him in Pompeii on tour?
Specialist in the Roman Empire, our Guide Lecturer Tony O’Connor recommends two books that deal with mythology. He told us, “Bookwise, I am currently reading two... Adrian Goldsworthy's “The Encircling Sea” (the 2nd of his Vindolanda series) and Madeline Miller’s “Circe”. Two very different novels exploring ancient history and mythology.”