Mathijs Deen

Mathijs Deen (b. 1962) is a radio journalist and a writer of non-fiction, short stories and novels. In 2013 he published The Frisian Islands, a widely praised poetic history of which more than 20,000 copies have been sold.

Down Old Roads

Down Old Roads

A Journey through Europe’s History

(De Bezige Bij, 2018, 312 pages)

Travellers have roamed Europe for the past million years, from the mysterious homo antecessor whose footprints have been found on the coast of England to the driver on today’s motorways. Under every mark lies an older one, under every paved road a donkey trail or wagon rut, under every footpath the tracks of ancient hunters or their prey.

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