How to Survive in Ancient Egypt written by Charlotte Booth and published by Pen and Sword Books.

This is book written in the style of a ‘How to’ or like a Survival Guide type book for if you were visiting new places. The difference with this book is usually when your reading about Ancient Egypt, you only ever hear about the Kings and Queens or the rulers of Egypt. Whereas this book looks at ordinary everyday people and looks at where to eat, where to buy clothes, how to stay healthy or where to get a job and the list goes on. The book’s chapters all look at various aspects of life such as health, food work etc and it’s all written in an easy to read manner. In my opinion it wasn’t too taxing or complicated, it was just an easy read.

Which is why I think the book is going to be aimed at the everyday person, if you were deep into your Egyptian history and knowledge you would find this book to be too lightweight. But this shouldn’t take away from the text and the book, what is written is very good and accurate, it’s just that if you were really into Eygpt you would want more from the book. I would happily recommend this book to others but for me I would give it only a four star review.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.