A short history of private life
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What does history really consists of? Centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - sleeping, eating, having sex, endeavouring to get comfortable.
And where did all these normal activities take place?
This was the thought that inspired Bill Bryson to start a journey around the rooms of his own house, an 1851 Norfolk rectory, to consider how the ordinary things in life came to be. And what he discovered are surprising connections to anything from the Crystal Palace to the Eiffel Tower, from scurvy to body-snatching,from bedbugs to the Industrial Revolution, and just about everything else that has ever happened, resulting in one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live.
Publishers Weekly Review
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A gentle and typical Bryson meander though history using the very loose connections provided by his own Norfolk home. Doors in my mind were opened, and I found myself looking things up, and checking what I thought I knew. Undemanding, and yet simulating!
He does it again!
Once again Mr Bryson has produced a work of outstanding quality. Never would I have thought a book about the history of the home would be so informative and full of humour. Laugh out loud funny at times, deeply saddening at others, this is a book worth reading several times.
This is Bill Bryson at his knowledgeable and ascerbic best