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Wisdom of the Ancients by Neil Oliver (Author)

Wisdom of the Ancients: Life lessons from our distant past

Neil Oliver (Author)

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Imprint: Bantam Press
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 17 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781787633094

From the bestselling author of The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places comes this inspiring and beautifully written meditation on the wisdom inherited from our ancestors. For all we have gained in the modern world, simple peace of mind is hard to find.

2 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
20 Sep 2020

"Neil Oliver’s new book has enough platitudes to get him a job with a greetings card company, but little in the way of interest or insight"

One of the memorable moments involves Oliver hunting and eating crocodile, and it tastes like chicken. “What they are saying without knowing it, is that both taste like dinosaur”. Cute line. But wrong. Birds may be descended from dinosaurs, but crocodiles are not: they branched off from archosaurs. That’s the kind of sloppy thinking that typifies this book. It is sententious and second-hand. No doubt a TV series will come along in the fullness of time. Wisdom of the Ancients? Well, make your own mind up.