The book's subtitle sums it succinctly: "Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe's Prehistoric Monuments". Basically it's about a bunch of places with old rocks, but it's much more interesting than that might sound.
Spirit Stones starts off with a quick primer about the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, which I must admit I'd never been quite clear on before, and goes on to discuss the kinds of structures that were built in these ages, mostly out of stone but also of wood. (Quick cultural reference for Australians of my age: remember the band Things of Stone and Wood?!). Design-related issues like shape and colour get a mention too, and each section ends with a "Spiritual Fitness" section which is where the "spirit" part of the title comes in.
|Castlerigg Stone Circle|
Very far from a travel guide book, this is for me a "read before you travel" book, something to inspire the destinations you might visit on your next trip and also great for giving background knowledge that will help you enjoy sightseeing and museum visits a lot more. It's not really like any other book I've read, but suffice to say if you like history and Britain (and big rocks), it'll be a winner. You can get more info on the book from the Spirit Stones website and I'll have an interview with the author coming along soon.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a review copy for this post, but the opinions are all my own.