The Dig : Now a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James

John Preston


Sutton Hoo is on the opposite side of the river Deben to Woodbridge Emporium – You must read this book!

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Woodbridge Emporium is local to Sutton Hoo (We are opposite the burial ground on the River Deben) and thinks the #Netflix British Drama film is very good BUT do read this book. Its the original book written by John Preston which the film is based on.

A brilliantly realised account of the most famous archeological dig in British history, now a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James. ‘Exquisitely original’ Ian MacEwan’An enthralling story of love and loss’ Robert HarrisIn 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 that this is no ordinary find… 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 rivalry flourished in equal measure.

‘A tale of rivalry, loss and thwarted love so absorbing that I read right through lunchtime one day, and it’s not often I miss a meal’ Nigella Lawson

‘A delicate evocation of a vanished era’ Sunday Times

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Weight 170 g
Dimensions 196 × 23 mm



Penguin Books Ltd


Penguin Books Ltd

Date of Publication

5 Jan 2021

By (author)

John Preston




Paperback / softback