Currently reading:
After the Ice – a global human history, 20,000-5000 BC. Steven Mithen’s lucid follow-up to Prehistory of the Mind and (as editor) Creativity in human evolution and prehistory. Where his previous books were painfully dense, Mithen – Professor of Early Prehistory at Reading University – here vividly brings to life a century’s-worth of dusty archeological fundings, through the strictly-factual use of imaginative evocations of prehistoric life & sites. Into this he weaves the latest research in evolutionary biology & linguistics, prehistoric climate-change, and population genetics – to present a gripping account of the rise of man between the melting of the glaciers and the start of agriculture. The New Scientist‘s review is here.