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Publisher Description

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering 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.This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

Along the way he did a prodigious amount of research on the history of anything and everything, from architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the spice trade to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets; and on the brilliant, creative and often eccentric minds behind them. And he discovered that, although there may seem to be nothing as unremarkable as our domestic lives, there is a huge amount of history, interest and excitement - and even a little danger - lurking in the corners of every home.

Where A Short History of Nearly Everything was a sweeping panorama of the world, the universe and everything, At Home peers at private life through a microscope. Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live.

Bill Bryson
hr min
May 27

Customer Reviews

blkhgtewa ,

at home

classic bryson. buy this book now .hardback only ten pounds at waterstones and w h smith . itunes £7 for short version. no brainer buy from waterstones or w h smith. then perhaps itunes will listen to the customers. enjoy

boatdoggy ,


Frankly this is a disgraceful price for the abbridged version i-tunes need to sort this issue out

mlhinuk ,

Excellent for travelling.

I agree with the other reviews that the price is quite steep. But I have enjoyed listening to this book over and over again. I highly recommend it.

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