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Neil Oliver
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Neil Oliver was born in Renfrewshire in Scotland. He studied archaeology at the University of Glasgow and worked as an archaeologist before training as a journalist. In 2002 he made his television debut presenting BBC2’s Two Men in a Trench in which he and Tony Pollard visited historic British battlefields. Since that time he has been a regular on TV, presenting A History of Scotland, Vikings, and Coast. He was appointed President of the National Trust in Scotland in 2017. He travels all the time, but his home is in Stirling, with his wife, three children and an Irish wolfhound.

Books by Neil Oliver

The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places

Beautifully written, evocative, and deeply personal account of what makes the British Isles so special from one of television's best loved historians. The paperback edition of one of the top 5 history HB bestsellers of 2019.

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Wisdom of the Ancients

Following on from the huge success of The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places, bestselling author and BBC historian Neil Oliver shows us how we can use the wisdom of our ancestors to find the answers for a more fulfilling life.

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