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What does history really consists of? Centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - sleeping, eating, having sex, endeavouring to get comfortable.
And where did all these normal activities take place?
This was the thought that inspired Bill Bryson to start a journey around the rooms of his own house, an 1851 Norfolk rectory, to consider how the ordinary things in life came to be. And what he discovered are surprising connections to anything from the Crystal Palace to the Eiffel Tower, from scurvy to body-snatching,from bedbugs to the Industrial Revolution, and just about everything else that has ever happened, resulting in one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live.
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“Not Byson's best work”
I've read all Bill Bryson's books. It was enjoyable, but far from his best work. I was a bit disappointed, as I rushed
out to buy it, the day it came out.
Great book up to usual Bryson standards but How they justify £14.30 for the price I have no idea. The hardback version with all that paper and postage is only £10!