The Handshake: A Gripping History (Hardback)Ella Al-Shamahi (author)
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A concise and clear-sighted history of the humble handshake from cave paintings to coronavirus, Al-Shamahi’s delightful volume explores what such a fundamental interaction says about human – and animal – psychology.
Friends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees - and it's not just deeply embedded in our history and culture, it may even be written in our DNA.
The humble handshake, it turns out, has a rich and surprising history. So let's join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a funny and fascinating voyage of discovery - from the handshake's origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020.
Drawing on new research, anthropological insights and first-hand experience, she'll reveal how this most friendly of gestures has played a role in everything from meetings with uncontacted tribes to political assassinations - and what it tells us about the enduring power of human contact. Because the story of the handshake ... is far from over.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 21 mm
'It's a little book of wonder, it's fantastic' - Chris Evans
'Al-Shamahi's beguiling book has a more general claim to attention than merely being an account of the crisis in manners that Covid has made ... cheerful, witty and well-researched.' - Stephen Bayley, The Spectator
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“A great read!”
The Handshake, by Ella Al-Shamahi, is a witty and engaging short read. Documenting the history of the handshake from its inception until March 2020, when it completely disappeared from use due to Covid-19, this book... More
“A timely volume”
This is a scholarly yet very accessible book, engrossing and very funny too!
We are all going to be a little rusty when COVID restrictions ease, and this is the ideal guidebook!
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