Don’t miss this exclusive chance to hear from the author, archaeologist and Coast presenter on his new book Wisdom of the Ancients: Life Lessons from our Distant Past. Neil will also be answering audience questions.

What if the key to being present lies in the past?

Join the bestselling author of The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places as he takes us back in time, exploring the wisdom inherited from our ancestors in this exclusive online event.

Neil Oliver will guide us on a global journey through antiquity, sharing twelve messages inspired by forgotten cultures and early civilisations, and asking how these might apply to our lives today. Informative and profound, you will hear from Neil, and then have the chance to submit your own questions for him to answer.

This event is a collaboration between Penguin Live and Waterstones. Wisdom of the Ancients is published on Thursday 17 September, and should reach your door in the week after publication.

This event will be hosted via Zoom webinar. You will be sent your personal link to login ahead of the event date.

Get your tickets by clicking here.

  • Wisdom of the Ancients

  • From the bestselling author of The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places comes this inspiring and beautifully written meditation on the wisdom inherited from our ancestors.

    For all we have gained in the modern world, simple peace of mind is hard to find. In a time that is increasingly fraught with complexity and conflict, we are told that our wellbeing relies on remaining as present as possible. But what if the key to being present lies in the past?

    In Wisdom of the Ancients, Neil Oliver takes us back in time, to grab hold of the ideas buried in forgotten cultures and early civilizations. From Laetoli footprints in Tanzania to Keralan rituals, stone circles and cave paintings, Oliver takes us on a global journey through antiquity. A master storyteller, drawing on immense knowledge of our ancient past, he distils this wisdom into twelve messages that have endured the test of time, and invites us to consider how these might apply to our lives today. The result is powerful and inspirational, moving and profound.

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