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The Dig

by John Preston Author · Simon Vance Narrator


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Reimagining the Sutton Hoo dig, the greatest Anglo-Saxon archaeological discovery on British soil, John Preston brilliantly dramatizes three months of intense activity on a small estate when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure.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, a widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As an archaeological dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find, and the discovery leads to a host of jealousies and tensions.Elegantly crafted with great tenderness and a poignant attention to detail, The Dig is more than a novel about archaeology. At its very core, this is a novel about the traces of life we all leave behind.

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Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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John Preston (Author)

John Preston is the author of three highly acclaimed novels as well as a nonfiction travel book, Touching the Moon, which was short-listed for the W. H. Smith Literary Award. He writes for London's Daily Mail and Sunday Telegraph.

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