The irresistible book by Bill Bryson which does for the history of the way we live what A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science.
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. His bestselling
books include The Road to Little Dribbling, Notes from a Small
Island, A Walk in the Woods, One Summer and The Life and Times of
the Thunderbolt Kid. In a national poll, Notes from a Small Island
was voted the book that best represents Britain. His acclaimed work
of popular science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the
Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling
non-fiction book of its decade in the UK. His new book The Body- A
Guide for Occupants is an extraordinary exploration of the human
body which will have you marvelling at the form you occupy.
Bill Bryson was Chancellor of Durham University 2005-2011. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society. He lives in England.
A work of constant delight and discovery. Bryson's wit is both dry
and charmingly goofy. His great skill is to make daily life
simultaneously strange and familiar, and in so doing, help us to
recognise ourselves. At Home is a treasure: don't leave home
without it. -- Judith Flanders * Sunday Telegraph *
Enchanting...a book about reinventing the ordinary, and finding the extraordinary in the humdrum business of living...Bryson tackled science in his brilliant A Short History of Nearly Everything. This new book could as easily be categorised as 'a short history of nearly everything else'...extraordinarily entertaining. -- Antonia Senior * The Times *
The much-loved writer takes the attention to detail that made A Short History of Nearly Everything such a fantastic guide to all things science, and applies it to our homes. Written in his laid-back style, this is a wonderful celebration of what makes a house a home. * News of the World *
Quite as ambitious as his A Short History of Nearly Everything. This is a genuinely compelling book...a kind of layman's encyclopaedia full of 'did you know' moments...This companionable volume is as dense as a rich fruit cake and, by the same measure, rewarding, too. * Country Life *
A charming read that blends scholarship with warm writing and provides an endless source of banter for dinner parties. * Good Housekeeping *