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A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Daily Life (Hardback)
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A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Daily Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 01/01/2015
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'A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice. Greg Jenner as is witty as he is knowledgeable' - Tom Holland Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. Structured around one ordinary day, A MILLION YEARS IN A DAY reveals the astonishing origins and development of the daily practices we take for granted. In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history Greg Jenner explores the gradual and often unexpected evolution of our daily routines. This is not a story of politics, wars or great events, instead Greg Jenner has scoured Roman rubbish bins, Egyptian tombs and Victorian sewers to bring us the most intriguing, surprising and sometimes downright silly nuggets from our past. Drawn from across the world, spanning a million years of humanity, this book is a smorgasbord of historical delights. It is a history of all those things you always wondered - and many you have never considered. It is the story of your life, one million years in the making.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780297869788
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 498 g
Dimensions: 224 x 144 x 32 mm

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“Funny and engaging”

I really enjoyed this book it is engaging and funny, the section about the Kellogg brothers in particular had me laughing out loud, I will never eat my cornflakes in the same way again.

I like reading history books... More

Hardback edition
14th March 2015
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“An enjoyable read. Won't be disappointed”

A really enjoyable read. Jenner cleverly and skilfully takes readers on a whistle stop tour from prehistory to today through aspects of our daily lives. Factual, light hearted, amusing. Perfect for the history... More

Paperback edition
1st July 2016
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“History made fun and accessible”

I hated history at school. Dull, dull, dull. I gave it up as soon as I could. Not if it had been like this!

I loved A Million Years In A Day. The clever structure breaks it up into bite-sized sections, full of... More

Hardback edition
13th March 2015
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