Barraclough has explored the Viking world – through text and geography – to get a real feel of their experiences and views.
Her extensive research both permeates the text, and sits lightly upon it, which means the book can be seen as a light read – but it isn’t. Her writing style is engaging – I particularly like her footnotes.
Highly recommended for history fans, and fans of the TV series – Vikings. You might also like to hunt out Neil Gaiman’s Norse mythology.
Title: Beyond the Northlands: Viking voyages and the Old Norse sagas.
Author: Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough.
Recommended by Annie C, Helensville Library.
Annie C is a voracious and versatile reader, but her habitual reads are fantasy, romance, and a diverse selection of non-fiction subjects. A life-long love of children’s books, particularly picture books, helps in her day-to-day role as a children’s librarian.