THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DEBATE over the year as to whether or not the much-vaunted wave of interest in history has spilled out of the television screen into publishing (or at least moved beyond the small number of heavily promoted best-sellers to include the whole field). Certainly there's no want of trying, on the part of either publishers or writers; here we offer a brief introduction of some of the best new titles.
PREHISTORY AND ANCIENT EGYPT
The enduring mystery of prehistoric cave art, and its possible meanings for our understanding of what it means to be human, is explored in a challenging manner by David Lewis-Williams in The Mind in the Cave (Thames & Hudson, 18.95 [pounds sterling]).
An updated, pocket-sized version of The British Museum: Dictionary of Ancient Egypt by lan Shaw and Paul Nicholson (British …