• Brazil: LeYa
  • Bulgaria: BARD
  • Chinese (Complex): Marco Polo Press
  • Chinese (Simplified): Chu Chen Books
  • Germany: Lubbe
  • Korea: Mirae N
  • Lithuania: Alma Littera
  • Poland: PWN
  • Turkish: Indigo Kitap
  • US: St Martin's Press
  • World: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Published: 29th January 2015
  • Agent: Donald Winchester

A Million Years In A Day: A History of Everyday Life

Greg Jenner

Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock?

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. Structured around one ordinary day, A MILLION YEARS IN A DAY reveals the astonishing origins and development of the daily practices we take for granted. In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history Greg Jenner explores the gradual and often unexpected evolution of our 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. Drawn from across the world, spanning a million years of humanity, this book is a smorgasbord of historical delights. It is a history of all those things you always wondered – and many you have never considered. It is the story of your life, one million years in the making.

“A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice. Greg Jenner is as witty as he is knowledgeable.”
Tom Holland
“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
“Like visiting the most wonderful and cluttered museum, each chapter like another room teetering with illuminating ideas and information.”
Robin Ince