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Reasure As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety it becomes clear though that this is no ordinary find and soon the discovery leads to all kinds of jealousies and tensionsJohn Preston's recreation of the Sutto. This got rave reviews when it was published a couple of years ago from readers as diverse as Ian McEwan engrossing exuisitely original Robert Harris enthrallingoriginal and Nigella Lawson who was so absorbed she skipped lunchI don t really understand all the hype It was a pleasant enough short read Preston writes beautifully but at the end I did wonder what the point was The novel is so understated as to be almost inaudible all that is clear is that he s drawing parallels between the digging up of the frail remains of things and the excavation of his characters repressed thoughts and feelings It s rather reminiscent of On Chesil Beach in that sense although McEwan was excruciatingly forensic in his description of the young couple on their wedding night Here small isolated incidents are reported but just as you feel something is going to happen Preston moves on to something else In the end you know as much about the characters as you would if you had dug up their material remains in 600 years which is of course part of the point of the bookFootnote I hadn t realised till I read other reviews that Peggy Pigott was Preston s Aunt and it was this almost chance discovery that spurred him to visit Sutton Hoo and write the book This too gives some insight into how much of our own and our family s past can be hidden from us

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N Hoo dig the greatest Anglo Saxon discovery ever in Britain brilliantly and comically dramatizes three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders professionals thwarted amateurs and love and rivaly flourished in eual measure. A fairly pleasant short fictional account of the summer of 1939 when the Sutton Hoo ship burial was discovered It contains as much fact as fiction slightly dull in places but interesting nevertheless as its fairly local to me There were bits of the story that didn t seem to go anywhere so not sure why they were included It has inspired me to read my factual books about Sutton Hoo again though

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In the long hot summer of Britain is preparing for war But on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind Mrs Pretty the widowed farmer has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried t. I found this to be a very disappointing fictional treatment of an exciting archaeological event the discovery of the Anglo Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk UK in 1939 The book has received good reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and I want to emphasize that my rating is based solely on my personal reaction to this book The story seems to focus on the drudgery of the actual physical labour and the annoying bickering among the various archaeologists and museum officials The atmosphere with the exception of a few brilliant descriptions of natural surroundings is glum The characters are preoccupied with the various challenges of their personal lives rather than awestruck over the wonder hidden in the dirt The artefacts are described perfunctorily and then whisked away to a secure location in London The likelihood of the outbreak of war hangs like a shroud over the entire dig site Where is the excitement that ought to surround such a discovery Is this the reality of the nitty gritty work of archaeology Was this really the way it unfolded Maybe so Perhaps I missed the author s point On another personal note added to my feeling of disappointment with this book is a growing dislike for historical fiction I believe that authors walk a fine line when attempting to weave a fictional story around main characters who were real people In the case of this particular book the author did state in the Author s Note that This novel is based on events that took place at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk in the summer of 1939 Certain changes have been made for dramatic effectI am grateful for this bit of information Nonetheless it leaves the reader who likes to know the historical facts still in the dark I am left wondering which details are factual and in an effort to sift the real from the imaginary elements in the story I am drawn away from the story to fact based resources in which case I might just as well read a history book If the book had not been so short I would have abandoned it at the halfway point


10 thoughts on “The Dig Author John Preston

  1. says:

    This beautifully composed short novel by John Preston may be most notable for its simplicity and understatement In restrained tones that recall JL Carr’s A Month in the Country we are treated to Edith Pretty aged and wealthy owner of Sutton Hoo estate who determines to discover if there is anything inside the earthwork mounds that dot her riverside Suffolk property It is 1939 and the threat of a German invasion is everywhere di

  2. says:

    I found this to be a very disappointing fictional treatment of an exciting archaeological event the discovery of the Anglo Saxon ship burial at

  3. says:

    I actually picked up a tattered paperback copy of The Dig several years ago after seeing it referenced online in a discussion about books that do a good job of portraying an archaeological dig It wasn't until I was offered an ARC of

  4. says:

    Not So Dark AgesSerious fiction these days is often so complex and allusive that it is a real pleasure to read a novel that tells a story absolutely straight with plenty of human interest yet without slighting the considerable intellectual value of the subject The Dig is an account of the 1939 excavations at Sutton Hoo Su

  5. says:

    It is 1939 in East Anglia and Britain is on edge knowing that war is imminent But at Sutton Hoo another type of excitement is taking place An ancient Anglo Saxon burial ground is in the process of being uncovered on the grounds of

  6. says:

    This got rave reviews when it was published a couple of years ago from readers as diverse as Ian McEwan engrossing exuisitely original Robert Harris enthrallingoriginal and Nigella Lawson who was so absorbed she skipped lunchI don't really understand all the hype It was a pleasant enough short read; Preston writes beautifully but at the end

  7. says:

    In 1939 Edith Perry contacted the Ipswich Museum about some mounds she wanted excavated on her property in East Anglia The museum recommended an amateur archeologist Basil Brown Mr Brown went on to uncover one of the most significant sites of medieval history in England What ensured was a battle between Museums and proper

  8. says:

    A fairly pleasant short fictional account of the summer of 1939 when the Sutton Hoo ship burial was discovered It contains

  9. says:

    This interesting little novel is set in 1939 and centres on the excavation of the Anglo Saxon burial ship at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk I picked it up because of the Suffolk connection and rapidly became engrossed The archaeological discoveries give the book its narrative drive almost like a mystery drama and Preston conjure

  10. says:

    I loved this novel for how it makes archaeology lyrical poetic and personal I think it's Peggy Piggott who says something like here we are attempting to unearth another civilization when ours is on the brink of collapse the Sutton Hoo dig takes place in 1939 This and other connections between the Anglo Saxon ship burial and the priv