Hadrian's Wall: Rome and the Limits of Empire by Adrian Goldsworthy, £18.99

THE largest monument left by the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall remains one of the most visited heritage sites in Britain. This new book is a fascinating exploration of its history not just as a distant imperial boundary but as a place where generation after generation of soldiers lived, trained and served, where army bases were alive with family life, with traders and many visiting civilians both foreign and local. From why and how it was built to what life would have been like in and around the forts, through the changing years, Emperors and conflicts right through to the end of the Empire renowned historian, Adrian Goldsworthy, brings Hadrian's Wall to life in this detailed and beautifully illustrated book.