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Bryson's family home was built in 1851 by a Mr Marsham, a clergyman based in Norfolk. Bryson's goal is to journey around the rooms of that house, examining the history of each, but focussing on the period around the time the house was built. What is billed as a history of the 'home' quickly turns into the type of discussion you get the feeling Bryson likes. He starts with the Great Exhibition, which started in 1851, and moves onto such arresting topics as corsets, Darwin's voyage on the Beagle, architecture, domestic dynamics, childbirth, agriculture and diet, archaeology and a range of other topics.

 

This was an ideal read on a long plane journey.

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I am slightly biased as Bill Bryson is my favourite author, but I absolutely loved this book. I found it totally fascinating and have found myself telling several people bits of knwoledge about the everyday world around us that I got from the book. i have already been back to it.

i would rate it 10 out of 10.

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Nonsuch, I've moved your review of Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything from here to the thread for that book, which is here. It wasn't in an obvious place as it was a BGO Group Read in 2005, and therefore buried in the bowels of the Book Group archive rather than being in the Life, the Universe and Everything section, where it might otherwise have sat.

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