Duncan Mackay is an archaeologist with a love of landscape and stories. He worked in archaeology for nearly two decades, predominantly with the University of Cambridge Archaeological Unit, leaving full-time work to be a stay-at-home dad and pursue his own research. Duncan lives in Norfolk with his wife, son, soppy black Labrador and overexcited Cockapoo, indulging his passion for walking marshes and deserted beaches, and hurling himself into freezing rivers at dawn. Echolands is his first solo book.
'An engaged, informed companion for the armchair time
traveller...captures the thrill and the difficulties of
interpreting the past.' * TLS *
'I loved it. Echolands is a brilliant imagining of the past. Mackay's knowledge is profound, but lightly worn, his writing elegant and witty, and his enthusiasm infectious. A joy to read.' * Dr Harry Sidebottom *
'The places that Mackay visits, traverses and dwells in are vividly described as a conscious attempt to revive the past as lived experience. Such an endeavour is to be applauded and there are real moments of joy and insight.' * History Today *
'Its energy and originality derive from his efforts to show that Boudica's lost world lies tantalising close to our own...Mackay's journey into the past is hugely enjoyable.' * BBC History Magazine *
'Duncan has written a masterpiece - a journey and an investigation that fuses landscape and history, chasing the echoes of Boudica's rebellion and finding its physical traces that still surround us today.' * Nicholas Crane *