Tom Holland’s Book of the Year

Bestselling historian Tom Holland has chosen Peter Brown’s Through the Eye of a Needle as his book of 2012. Here are his generous comments from The Guardian:

“There is a risk that nominating as my book of the year a 759-page tome on the evolution of attitudes to wealth between the forth and sixth centuries will look like a shameless attempt to get myself into Pseud’s Corner. I hope, though, that readers will trust me when I assure them that Peter Brown’s Through the Eye of a Needle (Princeton University Press) is a masterpiece on every level: one that can be read with as much pleasure by someone who knows nothing about late antiquity as by an emeritus professor in the subject. That it is a great work of scholarship goes without saying; but it is also wise, warm and populated by a truly amazing cast of characters. At a time when books on money are two-a-penny, Brown’s book sets the gold standard.”

ON OFFER AT BLACKWELL’S £23.99 (RRP £27.99)

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