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Publisher Description

A brilliantly realised account of the most famous archeological dig in British history, now a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James.

'Exquisitely original' Ian MacEwan

'An enthralling story of love and loss' Robert Harris

In the long hot summer of 1939 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 treasure. As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find...

John Preston's recreation of the Sutton 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 rivalry flourished in equal measure.

'A tale of rivalry, loss and thwarted love so absorbing that I read right through lunchtime one day, and it's not often I miss a meal' Nigella Lawson

'A delicate evocation of a vanished era' Sunday Times

Fiction & Literature
29 May
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

Howsrd & Marina ,

Fabulous read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Everyone’s story’s so well told.

hoopsoffire ,

The Dig

Totally compelling read.

travel lad ,

The Dig

This short book is deceptive in its simplicity. It tells the story of the Sutton Hoo archaeological discoveries through the accounts of participants. But what lies buried beneath these accounts are the personal stories - exciting , cruel, ambitious, tragic. It is beautiful, moving, and suffused with a sense of the transient passing of time in all our lives. A brilliant, beautiful, very satisfying work of art.

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