Family Tree Magazine, Christmas edition 2011

Villagers: 750 years of life in an English Village
The Cambridgeshire village of Gamlingay is brought to life in fascinating - at times even gruesome (think: the plague) - detail as James Brown leads us back to a time when most ancestors lived in hamlets and villages. Using documentary evidence, and with great humour, Brown introduces all sorts of characters, entertainingly painting a vivid portrait of rural English communities from 1279 to the present day. Villagers demonstrates how illuminating it can be to investigate where and how our own forebears lived while shining a light on the changes to rural life wrought by progress.

• ISBN: 9781445603476. RRP £16.99 (paperback). Available from bookstores and (publisher price £15.29).