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    DescriptionIn "At Home", Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made "A Short History of Nearly Everything" one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - eating, sleeping and merely endeavouring to get more comfortable. And that most of the key discoveries for humankind can be found in the very fabric of the houses in which we live. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room considering how the ordinary things in life came to be. Along the way he did a prodigious amount of research on the history of anything and everything, from architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the spice trade to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets; and on the brilliant, creative and often eccentric minds behind them. And he discovered that, although there may seem to be nothing as unremarkable as our domestic lives, there is a huge amount of history, interest and excitement - and even a little danger - lurking in the corners of every home.


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    Title
    At Home
    Subtitle
    A Short History of Private Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Bryson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 907 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385608275
    ISBN 10: 0385608276
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    DC22: 909
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BISAC V2.8: ARC003000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BISAC V2.8: HOM004000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Illustrations note
    B&W illustrations throughout
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    DOUBLEDAY
    Publication date
    27 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Bill Bryson's bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods and Down Under. His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. He has written on language in Mother Tongue and Made in America, and his latest bestsellers are Shakespeare and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. www.billbryson.co.uk.
    Review quote
    "Delightful. . . . Bryson's enthusiasm brightens any dull corner. . . . Hand over control and simply enjoy the ride." -"The New York Times Book Review" "An exuberant, shared social history. . . . Told with Bryson's habitual brio. . . . A personal compendium of fascinating facts, suggesting how the history of houses and domesticity has shaped our lives, language, and ideas." -"The New York Review of Books""A treasure trove. . . . Playful, yes, but Bryson is also a deft historian." -"Los Angeles Times""If this book doesn't supply you with five years' worth of dinner conversation, you're not paying attention." -"People" "Bryson is fascinated by everything, and his curiosity is infectious. . . . You can take this class in your pajamas--and, judging by the book's laid-back, comfy tone, I have a sneaking suspicion that Bryson wrote much of it in his." -"New York Times Book Review" "The experience of reading a Bill Bryson book is something you don't wa