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  • Published: 24 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141041070
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

The Dig

Now a BAFTA-nominated motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James




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.

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.

  • Published: 24 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141041070
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the author

John Preston

John Preston is the arts editor and television critic of the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of a travel book, Touching the Moon and two novels, Ghosting and Ink. He lives in London.

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