At Home: A Short History of Private Life

At Home: A Short History of Private Life

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Read by Bill Bryson, By (author) Bill Bryson

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  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 140mm x 24mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 27 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846572312
  • ISBN 13: 9781846572319
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 39,842

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In "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. This is an abridged version and read by the author.

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Bill Bryson's bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society's Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award. He has written books on language, on Shakespeare, and on his own childhood in the hilarious memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. His last critically lauded bestseller was At Home: a Short History of Private Life, and his newest book is One Summer: America 1927. He was born in the American Mid-West, and lives in the UK. Visit his website: www.billbryson.co.uk