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  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409095545
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 704
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At Home

A Short History of Private Life




The irresistible new Bryson, now in paperback. At Home does for the history of the way we live what A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science.

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.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409095545
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 704
Categories:

About the Author

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. His bestselling books include The Road to Little Dribbling, Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, One Summer and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. In a national poll, Notes from a Small Island was voted the book that best represents Britain. His acclaimed work of popular science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling non-fiction book of its decade in the UK. His new book The Body: A Guide for Occupants is an extraordinary exploration of the human body which will have you marvelling at the form you occupy.
Bill Bryson was Chancellor of Durham University 2005–2011. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society. He lives in England.

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Praise for At Home

“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

“Quite as ambitious as his A Short History of Nearly Everything. This is a genuinely compelling book...a kind of layman's encyclopaedia full of 'did you know' moments...This companionable volume is as dense as a rich fruit cake and, by the same measure, rewarding, too.”

Country Life

“A charming read that blends scholarship with warm writing and provides an endless source of banter for dinner parties.”

Good Housekeeping

“The method is to amass a dazzling number of facts and findings from disparate sources...riveting...arguing with Bryson is part of the enjoyment of reading him, and accompanying him across swathes of layered history.”

Victoria Glendinning, Spectator

“By rummaging down the back of the nation's sofa, Bryson has come up with a light-hearted and endlessly fascinating story...What you want from him is his wry humour and ability to raise a quizzical eyebrow at the sheer oddness of the human race.”

Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

“Bryson hoards facts. He can't resist a well-turned story...An idiosyncratic sweep through the makings of modernity.”

Observer

“At Home takes us on a tour not merely of Bryson's house but of the amazingly well-stocked mind of a man who can see a world in a grain of sand. He addresses his readers as if they were welcome visitors to his home whom he is eager both to inform and to entertain; he is a guide of inexhaustible patience, good humour, and irresistible enthusiasm.”

Susan Hill, The Lady

“Compelling, quirky and wonderfully original.”

Mail on Sunday

“Immensely readable.”

Guardian

“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

“Quite as ambitious as his A Short History of Nearly Everything. This is a genuinely compelling book...a kind of layman's encyclopaedia full of 'did you know' moments...This companionable volume is as dense as a rich fruit cake and, by the same measure, rewarding, too.”

Country Life

“A charming read that blends scholarship with warm writing and provides an endless source of banter for dinner parties.”

Good Housekeeping

“The method is to amass a dazzling number of facts and findings from disparate sources...riveting...arguing with Bryson is part of the enjoyment of reading him, and accompanying him across swathes of layered history.”

Victoria Glendinning, Spectator

“By rummaging down the back of the nation's sofa, Bryson has come up with a light-hearted and endlessly fascinating story...What you want from him is his wry humour and ability to raise a quizzical eyebrow at the sheer oddness of the human race.”

Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

“Bryson hoards facts. He can't resist a well-turned story...An idiosyncratic sweep through the makings of modernity.”

Observer

“At Home takes us on a tour not merely of Bryson's house but of the amazingly well-stocked mind of a man who can see a world in a grain of sand. He addresses his readers as if they were welcome visitors to his home whom he is eager both to inform and to entertain; he is a guide of inexhaustible patience, good humour, and irresistible enthusiasm.”

Susan Hill, The Lady

“Compelling, quirky and wonderfully original.”

Mail on Sunday

“Immensely readable.”

Guardian


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