A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Daily Life (Paperback)Greg Jenner (author)
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'A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice. Greg Jenner is as witty as he is knowledgeable' - Tom Holland
'You will love Greg Jenner's jolly account of how we have more in common with our ancestors than we might think ... all human life is here, amusingly conveyed in intriguing nuggets of gossipy historical anecdote' - Daily Mail
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. In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history - featuring new updates for the paperback edition - BBC Horrible Histories consultant Greg Jenner explores the hidden stories behind these 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.
It is a history of all those things you always wondered - and many you have never considered. It is the story of our lives, one million years in the making.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 242 g
Dimensions: 199 x 160 x 24 mm
A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice, Greg Jenner is as witty as he is knowledgeable -- Tom Holland
Like visiting the most wonderful and cluttered museum, each chapter like another room teetering with illuminating ideas and information -- Robin Ince
bright, fun and enjoyable * HISTORY VAULT *
One of my all time favourite books about history: erudite, witty and packed with things you've never thought about -- Peter Frankopan
Delightful, surprising and hilarious, this is a fascinating history of the everyday objects and inventions we take for granted -- Lauren Laverne
If you find yourself secretly relishing your children's Horrible History books, you will love Greg Jenner's jolly account of how we have more in common with our ancestors than we might think ... all human life is here, amusingly conveyed in intriguing nuggets of gossipy historical anecdote * DAILY MAIL *
Fascinating ... [Jenner] crafts some fine aphorisms, and it would be a staggeringly learned person who could not glean anything new from this work -- Steven Poole * WALL STREET JOURNAL *
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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.
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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
“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
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