Dunstan – Conn Iggulden

Wow! What a book. From the very first sentence I was transported into Anglo Saxon England, and I didn’t want to leave. Conn’s style of writing draws you into the story – at times I would swear I could smell and hear the tale. I struggled to put this book down.

Dunstan arrives at Glastonbury as a child with his brother Wulfric who we see as a weak, pathetic child, a thorn in Dunstan’s side, but whose character changes and grows as the two grow up. Dunstan’s life takes him from Glastonbury, around the country and even to Rome, often standing at the side of kings. We see his weaknesses and his strengths, he murders, seeks justice, loves, and is kind. He was truly a great man and my world is a better one for having learnt of it.

I’ll definitely be picking up another book by this author. Absolutely gripping.