That is me. My eye is all bandaged and I am finding it difficult to see with the other but I know I will adjust. I had trouble with the operation and that will take a few days to get over. Although I can't see to sew I can read. I am going to have to read this book again in more detail. I knew that I could have trouble so I sat up late and was reading right up till they were ready to wheel me in. I just had to finish the book. Having to wait to get to the end would have killed me.
Now this is not a novel.
The Ancient Paths by Graham Robb is a very well researched and cross referenced piece of work. Considering that it's content questions what we have been told since the middle ages about Roman expertise in building roads and the role of the Gauls and Celts it needs to be.
I am sure that the academics will be testing all the math and evidence. Yet I do believe there are some truths written here. The Roman's were ever good at praising themselves and old Julius was a murderous bastard. (I saw a quote once from the Roman Senate that labelled him as committing "crimes against humanity", but they still accepted all the loot he brought back.)
I remember standing in the lower reaches of the Cathedral of Bayeau in France and realising that I was looking at a Gaulish not Christian monument. It came as quite a shock back then. If what he proposes in this book checks out we are going to have to rewrite quite a lot of history. In the meantime this is going to get the academics in a tizz.