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.

Bill Bryson—At Home - A Short History Of Private Life

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