The Handshake: A Gripping History (Paperback)
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The Handshake: A Gripping History (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 02/09/2021
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'It's a little book of wonder, it's fantastic' Chris Evans 'A fabulously sparky, wide-ranging and horizon-broadening little study ... joyously unboring' Sunday Times 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
ISBN: 9781788167819
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 16 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 * Spectator *
Witty and wide-ranging -- PD Smith * Guardian *
It's a little book of wonder, it's fantastic -- Chris Evans
A fabulously sparky, wide-ranging and horizon-broadening little study ... joyously unboring * Sunday Times *
Having not particularly missed shaking hands over the past year, I ended this very engaging little book so desperate to get started again that I'm in danger of becoming a super-spreader. * Telegraph *

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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

Hardback edition
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“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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