Skip to main content
Cover for The Discovery of Middle Earth

The Discovery of Middle Earth

Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

Graham Robb


List Price: 16.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (11/4/2013)


"Intriguing and stimulating." —Jane Smiley, Harper's

In this real-life historical treasure hunt, bestselling author Graham Robb—"one of the more unusual and appealing historians currently striding the planet (New York Times)"—reveals the mapping of ancient Gaul as a reflection of the heavens, demonstrates the lasting influence of Druid science and recharts the exploration of the world and the spread of Christianity. This "fascinating" (Los Angeles Times) history offers nothing less than an entirely new understanding of the birth of modern Europe.

Praise For The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

The historical value of Robb’s vivid portrait of Celtic culture is unquestionable.
— Wendy Smith - Los Angeles Times

— Laura Miller - Salon

The work of a man to whom the past is vividly present.
— Ian Morris - New York Times Book Review

Robb manages his revelations with a showman’s skill, modestly conscious that his book is unfurling a map of Iron Age Europe and Britain that has been inaccessible for millenia.
— Telegraph

An ingenious and thoroughly gripping historical and archaeological bolt from the blue.
— New Statesman

Raises intriguing questions about the relationship between tribe and empire, local identity and larger superstructure.
— Rachel Donadio - New York Times

The Discovery of Middle Earth will take you on a grand tour of the ancient world’s secrets.

— James Norton - Christian Science Monitor

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393349924, 416pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2014

About the Author

Graham Robb is the author of three prize-winning biographies, each selected as New York Times Best Books. His books, including The Discovery of Middle Earth, Parisians, and The Discovery of France, have earned several awards. He lives on the Anglo-Scottish border.