Particularly illuminating ... The author carefully lays out the genetic data that show how three-quarters of Britishness dates to the repopulation after the northern ice sheets last retreated, and takes us through a fascinating investigation of what this means for some cherished notions of Britishness.
The historians' account is wrong in almost every detail. In Dr Oppenheimer's reconstruction of events, the principal ancestors of today's British and Irish populations arrived from Spain about 16,000 years ago.
Be prepared to have all your cherished notions of English history and Britishness swept away.
He upends some of the most deeply rooted notions of where the British people come from, and does so in a clear, painstaking and detailed way. The result is both fascinating and unexpected.