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    • ISBN:9780297869795
    • Publication date:29 Jan 2015

A Million Years in a Day

A Curious History of Daily Life

By Greg Jenner
Read by Greg Jenner

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A popular history of everyday life and social rituals, from the Stone Age to the phone age, written and narrated by Greg Jenner, the historical consultant for the HORRIBLE HISTORIES TV series.

'A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice. Greg Jenner as is witty as he is knowledgeable' - Tom Holland

'Delightful, surprising and hilarious, this is a fascinating history of the everyday objects and inventions we take for granted' - Lauren Laverne

Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history, Greg Jenner explores the hidden stories behind these daily routines.

This is not a story of politics, wars or great events, instead Greg Jenner has scoured Roman rubbish bins, Egyptian tombs and Victorian sewers to bring us the most intriguing, surprising and sometimes downright silly nuggets from our past.

Written and narrated in a chatty style by Greg Jenner, Historical Consultant to CBBC's multi-award-winning HORRIBLE HISTORIES, it is an entertaining history of all those things you always wondered - and many you have never considered. It is the story of our lives, one million years in the making.

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Biographical Notes

Greg Jenner is the Historical Consultant to CBBC's multi-award-winning HORRIBLE HISTORIES and its various spin-offs. As well as contributing sketches and song lyrics, and co-writing Stephen Fry's links, Greg has been solely responsible for the factual accuracy of nearly 1,200 comedy sketches that span the entirety of human history. He studied at the University of York and, after dropping plans for a PhD, has also spent the past decade making historical documentaries and dramas for television. He is slightly obsessed with Twitter.
@greg_jenner

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  • ISBN: 9781409162230
  • Publication date: 14 May 2015
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  • Imprint: Orion
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
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
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