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At Home

A Short History of Private Life

By Bill Bryson

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Format: Paperback, 704 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2011
Bill Bryson applies his irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit and masterful storytelling to deliver one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying battles and wars than to what history really consists of- centuries of people quietly going about their daily business eating, sleeping and merely endeavouring to get more comfortable. And that most of the key discoveries for humankind can be found in the very fabric of the houses in which we live.So he embarked on a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room to write a history of the world without leaving home . Along the way he did a prodigious amount of research on the history of anything and everything, from architecture to electricity, from crinolines to toilets. And he discovered that there is a huge amount of history, interest and excitement and even a little danger lurking in the corners of every home.

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The irresistible book by Bill Bryson which does for the history of the way we live what A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science.

About the Author

Bill Bryson is much loved for his bestselling travel books, from The Lost Continent to Down Under, but Notes from a Small Island has earned a particularly special place in the nation's heart (a national poll for World Book Day in 2003 voted it the book that best represents Britain). His acclaimed A Short History of Nearly Everything won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. He has now returned to live in the UK with his wife and family. www.billbryson.co.uk

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"A work of constant delight and discovery...His great skill is to make daily life simultaneously strange and familiar, and in so doing, help us to recognise ourselves. A treasure: don't leave home without it" -- Judith Flanders Sunday Telegraph "Enchanting... Bryson tackled science in his brilliant A Short History of Nearly Everything. This new book could as easily be categorised as 'a short history of nearly everything else'... extraordinarily entertaining" -- Antonia Senior The Times "Not just hugely readable but a genuine pageturner... None of these things, needless to say, are as easy as Bryson in his ever-genial way makes them seem" -- James Walton Daily Telegraph "Entertaining, fact-packed... He is a cheery, idiosyncratic guide, eclectic rather than scholarly, a true populariser. At Home will have every reader eyeing home rather differently" Financial Times "The much-loved writer takes the attention to detail that made A Short History of Nearly Everything such a fantastic guide to all things science, and applies it to our homes. Written in his laid-back style, this is a wonderful celebration of what makes a house a home" News of the World

EAN: 9780552772556
ISBN: 0552772550
Publisher: Black Swan Books, Limited
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 4.4 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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At Home is a spectacular book, but maybe not what it purports to be. Rather than "A Short History of Private Life", Bryson gives the reader a well written and gripping history of the second half of the nineteenth century. The subject matter spreads from the London Exhibition to Darwin's world-altering voyage aboard the Beagle while staying as close to architecture and home life as possible. Rather than a book on the subject of home life, it can be better considered a book on the theme of home life.

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