Shortly after her husband’s death, Julia Blackburn became fascinated with Doggerland, the vast once-populated stretch of land that connected Great Britain to Continental Europe thousands of years ago but is now under the North Sea. She felt driven to explore the lives of the people who lived there as revealed through artifacts and the fossil record. In Time Song, she brings us along on her journey, introducing us to the paleontologists, archaeologists, fishermen, and fellow Doggerland enthusiasts she meets along the way. What emerges is a lyrical exploration—part travelogue and part history—and a profound meditation on time and the immensity of the past.
About the Author
JULIA BLACKBURN is the author of ten books of nonfiction, including The Three of Us, Old Man Goya (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and With Billie (winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award). She is also the author of the novels The Book of Color and The Leper's Companions, both of which were short-listed for the Orange Prize. She lives in England.
“A magical, mesmerising book that makes you feel giddy at the thought of the deep gulf of history hidden just beneath your feet.” —The Scotsman
“Majestic. . . . Captivating. . . . Blackburn’s book on the past is above all a response to the urgent problems of the present.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“This is an extraordinary book about time, absence, and perception. . . . Blackburn shows us that, in a time of flux and friction, the gathering of uncertainties can bring greater awareness and a sense of wholeness.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Gripping. . . . Unconventional. . . . A meditation on the Mesolithic and what people are truly looking for when they turn to the past.” —The Economist
“Blackburn has a talent for envisioning bygone worlds. . . . The book is less about Doggerland itself than about . . . the tantalizing objects, be they fossils or faxes, that can bridge the living to the dead.” —The New York Times Book Review