At Home: A short history of private life

by Bill Bryson | History |
ISBN: 0552772550 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 4/6/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, April 06, 2013
This came under the radar, another big book and big theme...the history and psychology of the homes that we build and inhabit and our private lives in them. Looking forward to this.

(24/01/16) Bryson doesn’t disappoint in this most ambitious of books; a history of the private life of a house. The book hangs around the desire to understand the parsonage built for Reverend Thomas Marsham in the quiet mid-Norfolk countryside in 1851; why it looks like it does, the building materials, the function and names of all the rooms, but also the prevailing changes in local & international events, industry & agriculture at the time.

BB leaves no obscure stone unturned, including the food and spices we eat, the animals that inhabit our homes, the industrial revolution, powdered wigs, architectural styles, the birth of telephony, concrete, forks, cotton & plate glass etc. etc. It’s a big read, suitable (in my case) for a holiday, but endlessly fascinating.

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