- Paperback: 700 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (26 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552772550
- ISBN-13: 978-0552772556
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (489 customer reviews)
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At Home: A short history of private life (Bryson) Paperback – 26 May 2011
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"A work of constant delight and discovery...His great skill is to make daily life simultaneously strange and familiar, and in so doing, help us to recognise ourselves. A treasure: don't leave home without it" (Judith Flanders Sunday Telegraph)
"Enchanting... 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)
"Not just hugely readable but a genuine pageturner... None of these things, needless to say, are as easy as Bryson in his ever-genial way makes them seem" (James Walton Daily Telegraph)
"Entertaining, fact-packed... He is a cheery, idiosyncratic guide, eclectic rather than scholarly, a true populariser. At Home will have every reader eyeing home rather differently" (Financial 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)
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.See all Product Description
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So once again I read this through with great enjoyment and picked up lots of little nuggets of the odd and the interesting. Having said that, however, I did find that I had a sense of deja vu about this book; many of the anecdotes it contains seem to have been recycled from some of his other books (I think that I can recognise quite a lot of them from "Made in America" for example, where they were hung about a framework of American language, rather than around the structure of his wanderings from room to room of his house in Norfolk).Read more ›
I have laughed a lot, I have pondered a lot and I have admired this man a lot.
I have to be honest about this book. I did learn some fascinating facts, but the rambling, all-over-the-place nature of the book was tiring. I do not remember laughing, either.
The ultimate test is ..will I re-read? After all, I go back to his other stuff for a treat at intervals, even though have read it before.
Truthfully, I do not think I will get the urge to pick up this up again in the future.
Sorry. (But I WILL buy his next book.)
This is not what one could call a "learned" tome, it would never be described as a deep read, but is all the better for it as it is such an absorbing read. It is such a simple idea I only wish I had thought of it first - or could write a hundredth as well as Mr Bryson.
Quite remarkable really.
In the chapter headed `The Study', such a reader might reasonably have expected to find discussions of such things as the evolution of books in the home, or the history of cabinets of curiosities and other study furniture. Not a bit of it. In the Bryson rectory the room called the study is what most of us would call a junk room and for some reason is the only room where mouse traps do their job. This is the `excuse' for a review, that is the whole chapter, of rodents and creepy crawlies in the house, including a long discussion of the important role of bats in the ecosystem and brief history of man's attempts to eradicate them! This is an extreme example, but all the other chapters are full of digressions.
Does this mean that this book is therefore a failure? Not at all. As in `A Short History of Nearly Everything', the chapters are crammed full of interesting facts and amusing anecdotes written in Bryson's relaxed witty style that he has honed to perfection in his popular travel books.Read more ›
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I thought this book would be about home life. That's the impression I got from the description and synopsis. Read morePublished 6 days ago by S. Paget
Typical in that it is very readable, very informative and reflects beautifully Bill Bryson's love of his adoptive country. Highly recommended.Published 21 days ago by Bill Kay
I found the book very informative about our English peculiarities and our somewhat chequered history . Read morePublished 1 month ago by bubbles
This is a reasonably interesting and sometimes entertaining read, but it’s not up to the standard of some of Bryson’s earlier books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phil O'Sofa
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