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A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Daily Life Hardcover – January 29, 2015
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Praise for A Million Years in a Day
"[Jenner] crafts some fine aphorisms ('History doesn’t repeat itself―people do'), and it would be a staggeringly learned person who could not glean anything new from this work." ―The Wall Street Journal
"Jenner has packed a tremendous amount of historical facts into each short, punchy segment, laced with a good dose of humor. For those fascinated by odd bits of historical trivia and the evolution of modern-day life, Jenner's book provides an entertaining, informative and highly detailed read." ―Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"Told with a quest for the quirky, a zest for satire and some lovely British idioms --- a bathroom is a bog, a kiss is a snog, a cat is a moggy --- Jenner’s lively look at us through the ages is bound to bring on some grimaces, smiles, perhaps even a blush or two. ... A Million Years in a Day delivers a laugh and a lesson on nearly every page." ―Book Reporter
“Bright, fun, and enjoyable. [Jenner] is a natural wordsmith and each sentence is wonderfully crafted . . . An excellent debut from an exciting new author.” ―The History Vault
“With a vivid, colloquial turn of phrase . . . this book is lively, fun, and completely absorbing.” ―Current Archaeology
“Hugely entertaining . . . astonishing insights into the origins of our own everyday life.” ―History Revealed (Book of the Month)
“Erudite, witty, and packed with things you’ve never thought about. It’s one of my all-time favorite books about history. Absolutely brilliant.” ―Dr. Peter Frankopan, University of Oxford, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of The World
"Jenner’s book is an amusing examination of what we humans do with ourselves all day." ―Publishers Weekly
"An in-depth and humorous account of ancient, medieval, and early modern habits." ―Medievalists.net--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Greg Jenner is a British public historian best known for his work as historical consultant and cowriter on the BBC’s multi-award-winning comedy series Horrible Histories. After studying at the University of York for a BA in history and archaeology and an MA in medieval studies, Jenner has worked in the TV industry on award-winning historical documentaries, dramas, comedies, and digital interactive projects for the past eleven years. He lives in the United Kingdom. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I recommend this book for any person over 12. As a Classicist, i can attest to Jenner's sources and thus feel confident that he has done the necessary research for all his topics.