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Author: John Preston Narrator: Simon Vance, Kate Reading, Fiona Hardingham, Derek Perkins Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781504689922
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Reimagining the Sutton Hoo dig, the greatest Anglo-Saxon archaeological discovery on British soil, John Preston brilliantly dramatizes three months of intense activity on a small estate when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure.

In 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. Pretty, a widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As an archaeological dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find, and the discovery leads to a host of jealousies and tensions.

Elegantly crafted with great tenderness and a poignant attention to detail, The Dig is more than a novel about archaeology. At its very core, this is a novel about the traces of life we all leave behind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You don’t need to be in archaeology—this is a tale of rivalry, loss, and thwarted love. It’s so absorbing that I read right through lunchtime one day, and it’s not often I miss a meal.”

    Nigella Lawson

  • “Very fine, engrossing, exquisitely original.”

    Ian McEwan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An enthralling story of love and loss, a real literary treasure. One of the most original novels of the year.”

    Robert Harris, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Dig retells the story of the famous Sutton Hoo excavation…All the elements are here for a corking adventure yarn, perhaps in the style of Howard Carter’s account of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb…Mr. Preston creates an intriguing and ultimately moving concoction, a true-life chronicle that delves into secrets of the heart.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “John Preston’s subtle novel The Dig imagines something…remarkable: an excavation that carefully, gently exposes the searchers’ own lives and feelings to the light, just as they brush sand away from buried treasure…He has written a kind of universal chamber piece, small in detail, beautifully made, and liable to linger on in the heart and the mind. It is something utterly unfamiliar, and quite wonderful.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is a wonderful, evocative book. From his simple tale of dirt, Preston has produced the finest gold.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Wistful and poignant. A masterpiece in Chekhovian understatement.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “This is a lively and informative fictionalized account of the 1939 excavation that unearthed the Anglo Saxon royal treasure hoard, known as Sutton Hoo, in Suffolk, England. Told by multiple narrators, the story unfolds gradually, revealing its essence, much like, well, a dig…With its sense of a magical land, awareness of class concerns, and unrelenting understatement and reticence, this tale is as English as a picnic by the side of the road in a light drizzle. As Downton Abbey sinks into the sunset, bereft Abbots might find some consolation here, and, added depth, naturally.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

John Preston is the author of three highly acclaimed novels as well as a nonfiction travel book, Touching the Moon, which was short-listed for the W. H. Smith Literary Award. He writes for London’s Daily Mail and Sunday Telegraph.

About the Narrators

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.