A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Daily Life Hardcover – 8 Oct 2015
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Greg Jenner's magpie mind takes you through the history of who we are and what we do, answering tons of questions you never thought to ask (Al Murray)
A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice, Greg Jenner is as witty as he is knowledgeable (Tom Holland)
Like visiting the most wonderful and cluttered museum, each chapter like another room teetering with illuminating ideas and information (Robin Ince)
bright, fun and enjoyable (HISTORY VAULT)
One of my all time favourite books about history: erudite, witty and packed with things you've never thought about (Peter Frankopan)
Delightful, surprising and hilarious, this is a fascinating history of the everyday objects and inventions we take for granted (Lauren Laverne)
If you find yourself secretly relishing your children's Horrible History books, you will love Greg Jenner's jolly account of how we have more in common with our ancestors than we might think ... all human life is here, amusingly conveyed in intriguing nuggets of gossipy historical anecdote (DAILY MAIL)
A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice. Greg Jenner as is witty as he is knowledgeable (Tom Holland)
Fascinating ... [Jenner] crafts some fine aphorisms, and it would be a staggeringly learned person who could not glean anything new from this work (Steven Poole WALL STREET JOURNAL)
A popular history of everyday life and social rituals, from the Stone Age to the phone age, brought to you by the historical consultant for the HORRIBLE HISTORIES TV series.See all Product description
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Highly recommended for anyone who loves history and/or random facts.
It is a fantastic read for anyone interested in history, but it doesn't read as the stereotypical history book.
Each chapter is broken down into sub-chapters, and focuses on how different aspects of your daily life (from pets to toilets) came to be and how they evolved over time. It is informative and humorous, and truly pleasurable to read.
I couldnt recommend it more.
The reason I gave it 3 stars was because the writing rubbed me up the wrong way a bit - it tried too hard to be funny in my opinion,and while occasionally its witicisms elicited genuine laughter and smiles, usually the jokes fell flat, felt awkward, and often reinforced problematic stereotypes about women.
I would however still recommend it to anyone interested in history as it gives a great overview of the everyday lives of humans throughout time.
Here's a light-hearted compendium of social-historical snippets, what people who don't understand the term refer to as trivia. The structure is a little contrived, but works well enough, and the myriad facts are wide-ranging, many of them unfamiliar to this reader and often fascinating.
Alas, the author has chosen to pad out what could have been an agreeable little book with a relentless succession of humorous asides, largely puerile and often vulgar (which is fine) and entirely, irredeemably unfunny.
Things may improve in the second half of the book, but your reviewer hadn't the patience to find out.
I probably aged a million years in the day it took me to read it.