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I Believe In Yesterday: A 2000 year Tour through the Filth and Fury of Living History: My Adventures in Living History [Paperback]

Tim Moore
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2 July 2009

In 1989, Tim Moore moved into the last house in Chiswick with an outside toilet. Intrigued by a subsequent encounter with an elderly former resident, he finds himself inspired to travel back to the land before now, experiencing the hardships and pleasures enjoyed and endured by Moores gone by.

The journey that follows takes him through the world of historical re-enactment: living on bramble leaves, Johnny cake and porridge, Moore travels from the Iron Age to the Steam Age, from Roman legionary to Tudor master to Yankee spy, sharing straw beds and daft hats with period obsessives driven by socio-historical curiosity, disillusionment with the modern world, or a simple nostalgia for campfires, flatulence and brutality.

I Believe in Yesterday is an odyssey through 2,000 years of filth and fury, to a time where men were men, the nights were black, the world was your outside toilet and everything tasted faintly of leeks.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099492989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099492986
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points and I Believe In Yesterday. He lives in London.

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"The world's funniest travel writer" (Observer)

"Moore has never been afraid to suffer for his art. In pursuit of comic travelogue gold, he's followed in the footsteps of a nineteenth-century explorer; driven, silver-suited, across Europe in a temperamental Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow; cycled the 3,500km-plus route of the Tour de France; and made a pilgrimage to Santiago accompanied only by a donkey. But none of this compares to what he endured for this superbly funny new book" (Time Out)

"One of our most amiable writers" (The Times)

"His funniest book... Possibly the best book ever completed by a man covered in congealed animal fat, sweat and canon smoke" (Independent)

"Moore is a talented and very funny writer" (Daily Telegraph)

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'Hailed as the new Bill Bryson, he in fact a writer of considerably more substance' - Irish Times

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea and very amusing 13 Jun 2011
By Sagan
Format:Paperback
I had forgotten how funny Tim Moore is . This is an interesting, informative and laugh out loud journey through 700 years of living history. The authour joins a french Roman legion fighting Gauls , a medievil fortress in Germany and several other areas of history. The American Civil War re-enactment is taken so seriously I imagine it is as near to time travel as humanly possible. I still laugh when I think of him being forced to read Shakespear to a group of grim US Civil War generals and civilians by oil lamp in a crowded tent.

I recommend this book and would rate it as high as his other books
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good (as always) but....... 1 Jun 2014
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I love Tim Moore's writing. He is always able to make me laugh out loud and I love the way he drops literary allusions into his work, it always makes you feel as though you are spending time chatting with a really good friend. But...... I did get a tiny bit bored in some places - I kept thinking "Why??" Why put yourself through such hell voluntarily? But possibly I'm just a comfort-loving, sybaritic softie and Tim Moore is made of much sterner stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny. 20 April 2014
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I always enjoy Tim Moore's way of writing but this one actually taught me something as well - perhaps mostly about human behaviour, the gaps in people's lives and their reasons for wanting to live in a different world. Don't worry, it is also very, very funny. I'm so glad he does these things and I don't have to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tim Moore - unmissable 5 April 2013
By Stuart
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Tim Moore is one of those authors I just can't miss. This had, perhaps, slightly fewer laugh-out-loud moments than some of his other work but was still a very funny account of life in re-enactment societies. I used to live with a load of re-enactors and they were just as mad as described here.
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