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    Blood of the Celts (2015)

    I am starting a new thread for my new book, as the last thread had to be closed.

    I just want to give out the latest information from my publisher. Blood of the Celts will be released in eBook format simultaneously with the hardback. That will be 7 September 2015 in the UK and 6 October 2015 in the US.

    Pre-order sales have been high. Amazon.com has it labelled today as the #1 new release in archaeology. So thank you to everyone for your confidence in the as yet unknown content.

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    A reminder of the content.

    My approach is novel. I start not in prehistory, but with the earliest literature in any Celtic language, which was written in the British Isles. So the Celts tell us about themselves from the start. Then I track backwards in detective mode to uncover their deep ancestry, at which point we turn forwards again in time to follow their story right up to modern times. Chapter headings and subheadings:

    Prologue
    Timeline
    Deduced timeline for the prehistory of the Celts
    Timeline for the historic Celts
    1: The voices of the Celts
    Heroic ideals
    Druids
    Pseudo-history
    Genetics: the first clues
    Overview
    2: The Gauls and Celtic
    Chariots
    Trump of war
    Migration mystery
    Genetics: ancient DNA
    Overview
    3: Bell Beakers and language
    The bell-shaped pot
    Way of life and death
    Mobility
    Genetics: Y-DNA R1b-P312
    Celtic and Italic languages
    Italo-Celtic
    Old European IE (Alteuropäisch)
    Overview
    4: The Indo-European family
    Indo-European homeland
    From Siberia to Europe
    Genetics: Mal'ta boy
    Genetics: three main sources for Europeans
    The Indo-European lifestyle
    Indo-European dispersal
    Overview
    5: Stelae to Bell Beaker
    People of stone
    The stelae trail
    Linking Stelae to Bell Beaker
    The origins of Bell Beaker pottery
    Bell Beaker routes and the development of Celtic
    Bronze Age mobility
    Genetics: R1b flows into the British Isles
    Overview
    6: The iron sword
    Steppe nomads
    Hallstatt aristocrats
    Celtic caught in transition
    La Tène warriors
    Shape-shifting art
    Oppida
    Overview
    7: On the move
    The forces driving expansion
    The surge southward
    Iberia: the tangled skein
    Genetics: Traces of the spread of the Gauls?
    La Tène in the British Isles
    Genetics: Traces of the spread of La Tène to Ireland?
    Belgae in Britain
    Overview
    8: Celts vs Romans
    Cisalpine Gauls
    The struggle for Iberia
    Caesar's conquest of Gaul
    Britannia
    Genetics: The Picts
    Pagan Picts and Scots
    Overview
    9: Christian Celts
    Ogham
    Irish in Dyfed
    Genetics: Déisi Mumhan
    Early Christian Ireland
    Genetics: The Cruthin
    Anglo-Saxons and Britons
    Genetics: Britons and Anglo-Saxons
    Kingdoms of Wales
    Britons abroad
    Christian Picts and Scots
    Overview
    10: Loss and revival
    Immigrants and emigrants medieval to modern
    The dominance of English
    Rediscovering a forgotten family
    A passion for Celtic
    Political pressures
    Celtosceptism
    Back to the future
    Overview
    Appendix: Surnames and DNA
    Genetics: Irvine surname
    Origins of surnames
    Descendants of Brian Boru
    Genetics: Descendants of Brian Boru
    Royal Stewart line
    Genetics: Royal Stewart
    Clan MacFarlane
    Genetics: MacFarlane

    Notes
    Bibliography
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    There have been queries here and on Facebook about translations. Thus far I know of none. It will depend on the willingness of non-English publishers to publish the book in translation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean M View Post
    I am starting a new thread for my new book, as the last thread had to be closed.

    I just want to give out the latest information from my publisher. Blood of the Celts will be released in eBook format simultaneously with the hardback. That will be 7 September 2015 in the UK and 6 October 2015 in the US.

    Pre-order sales have been high. Amazon.com has it labelled today as the #1 new release in archaeology. So thank you to everyone for your confidence in the as yet unknown content.

    I was considering to buy a book on the Celts for some time. I'd purchase a copy of your book. I also find your posts in many discussions informative each time I visit this forum.

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    I've just placed my order. I'm looking forward to reading it and seeing discussions on here about the book.

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    Congratulations Jean on what seems already a great success. I look forward to reading it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessie View Post
    I've just placed my order. I'm looking forward to reading it and seeing discussions on here about the book.
    I think I can safely promise discussions on here. I only hope people can restrain themselves from arguing with it before they have read it!

    Several people here contributed to it: Richard Rocca supplied four DNA maps, three of them repeated from Ancestral Journeys, but one new. In a couple of threads here I requested ideas on the Y-DNA relationship with surnames and on R1b-DF27. It was helpful to have discussion.
    Last edited by Jean M; 07-24-2015 at 12:40 PM.

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    JUST REMEMBER .THERE ARE GIVERS AND TAKERS . STAY POSITIVE . YOU CAN'T MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY . I WILL GET ONE . WILL IT COME OUT IN HARDBACK ? AND DO YOU KNOW THE PRICE RANGE ? THANK YOU . CAL

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    Quote Originally Posted by cal View Post
    YOU CAN'T MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY.
    So true. So, so true. It's OK. I'm not in a bunker sewing myself a flak-jacket. I just plan to be somewhere in the sun and away from computers when it hits the shelves. After that I shall be in good shape to cope with the comeback.

    WILL IT COME OUT IN HARDBACK ? AND DO YOU KNOW THE PRICE RANGE ?
    Yes it is coming out first in hardback and eBook. Looks like a good deal from the Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Blood-.../9780500051832

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    i will visiting my daughter in henley this fall . i hope you find a place that is sunny . see said it is raining cats and dogs today in henley. thank you for the link . if it comes out in a searchable disk i will buy it also . live life -have fun - be happy . YOU EARNED IT . cal

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