12 June, 2016

A million years in a day: a curious history of everyday life from the Stone Age to the phone age by Greg Jenner

Did you ever wake up one morning, turn off your alarm and get out of bed thinking, ‘How exactly did this all start?’ Who invented beds? When did we start telling time?' Greg Jenner, in this delightful and funny tome, does his best to give us the answers to such questions.

This book takes the reader on a journey through history of how your everyday routine came to be. Greg has taken an ordinary Saturday to structure this book and each chapter visits the different routines we as humans tend to follow on such a lazy day. Covering topics ranging from time, food, clothes, sleeping, alcohol, communication and many other basics in our modern daily life, Greg Jenner manages to give a representation of the history of each, usually starting at how early humans did things and then jumping forward to the big revolution in each area.

Now I don’t want anyone to think, “This is going to be so boring,” and not venture further into this review. The best part is; Greg Jenner just happens to be an historical adviser for the Horrible Histories TV show. So this book, in most parts, reads a lot like a Horrible histories book for adults, with silly jokes and a look at some of the more disgusting angles of history too. Be warned, eating your lunch while reading most chapters will be hazardous to your health!!

Greg Jenner, in my opinion, is an immensely hilarious and intuitive writer. Filled with facts, information, history and everything in between, this book will either have you glued to it or choking in laughter!! After reading this book, I have learned more about our own existence than I would have liked to!!

So, if you are curious like me about the everyday things that rule our lives, have a read of A million years in a day.

Title: A million years in a day: a curious history of everyday life from the Stone Age to the phone age
Author: Greg Jenner

Recommended by Surani R, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson.

Surani R enjoys reading biographies, travelogues, some non-fiction, and loves fiction that makes you laugh out loud. She also finds comfort in children’s fiction with thought-provoking stories.


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