Favourite Book(s) #15 – At Home: A Short History by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson At HomeFrom the moment I saw the write up about this book in one of the broadsheet newspapers, I knew I had to read it.

Bryson opens At Home with 1850, the year in which his house was build.

He spends time talking about other things that happened the same year in an acceptable, yet rambling fashion. Bryson, wanders around the entire house, including the cellar, attic, garden etc.

I read the book within in a few months of it being published and have a rather heavy hardback book because I was too impatient to await the release of the paperback. I have probably re-read the book twice since then and everytime I have book cull it has survived!

There is something very appealing to me about the book. I loved the random and yet linked manner the topics in the chapter flows across to the next chapter and then onto the next room.

Bryson has produced some substantial source notes for the book which are available HERE on the Penguin website. What I find more curious is that an author of some standing and Bryson does not have his own site.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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