Norman Davies was for many years a professor at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London University. He is the author of the acclaimed Vanished Kingdoms and the number one bestseller Europe: A History. His previous books, which include Rising '44, The Isles: A History and God's Playground: A History of Poland, have been translated worldwide. He has researched at universities from Harvard to Hokkaido, and is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, and a visiting scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
If you are someone, or know someone, who is romanced by stamps, or maps, or names, or journeys, or plaques - someone whose head is always popping up from the papers or a Radio 4 documentary with the words did you know? then I recommend this book to you. I loved it. It deserves a shelf of its own -- David Aaronovitch * The Times * A rich, thought-stirring and deeply engaging blend of travelogue, memoir and historical investigation -- John Gray * New Statesman * A performance that resists easy compartmentalisation ... This is clever and informative entertainment. -- Joad Raymond * BBC History Magazine *