Historical fiction at its best, Dunstan is definitely for one for Iggulden fans, as well fans of Bernard Cornwell – whose fabulous ‘Last Kingdom’series is set in the same time-frame- around 930 AD. A fractured England is run by minor Kings, King Æthelstan of Wessex and Viking lords. Dunstan is a child brought up by monks who live near Glastonbury Tor, and the story is an account of his life. From these humble beginnings he eventually becomes an Archbishop; a friend of kings, and powerful figure in political intrigues of the day. There is plenty evocative detail, including ongoing battles with the Danes, all seen and told in the first-person voice of Dunstan. This gives an authenticity to the story, and reveals a complex character, often self-serving, ruthless, and yet capable of honour, forgiveness- and instrumental in a unified nation. In an appendix Iggulden clarifies instances where he has embellished fact with fiction, which provides a useful and interesting level to the story.