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The Dig: Now a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James
by John Preston
Published 29th May 2008, 240 pages
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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 Petty, 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 though that this is no ordinary find … And pretty soon the discovery leads to all kinds of jealousies and tensions. 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 rivaly flourished in equal measure
The Dig: Now a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James by John Preston