Dimensions: 560 pages, 10 × 7.87 × 1.48 in
Published: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385679432
ISBN - 13: 9780385679435
Read from the Book
• CHAPTER I • THE YEAR I In the autumn of 1850, in Hyde Park in London, there arose a most extraordinary structure: a giant iron-and-glass greenhouse covering nineteen acres of ground and containing within its airy vastness enough room for four St. Paul’s Cathedrals. For the short time of its existence, it was the biggest building on Earth. Known formally as the Palace of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, it was incontestably magnificent, but all the more so for being so sudden, so startlingly glassy, so gloriously and unexpectedly there . Douglas Jerrold, a columnist for the weekly magazine Punch , dubbed it the Crystal Palace, and the name stuck. It had taken just five months to build. It was a miracle that it was built at all. Less than a year earlier it had not even existed as an idea. The exhibition for which it was conceived was the dream of a civil servant named Henry Cole, whose other principal claim to history’s attention is as the inventor of the Christmas card (as a way of encouraging people to use the new penny post). In 1849, Cole visited the Paris Exhibition— a comparatively parochial affair, limited to French manufacturers— and became keen to try something similar in England, but grander. He persuaded many worthies, including Prince Albert, to get excited about the idea of a great exhibition, and on January 11, 1850, they held their first meeting with a view to opening on May 1 o
From the Publisher
Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and At Home is likely to become the most illuminating book on the way we lived then and live now--the why and the where and the how of it--ever written.
Now, in this handsome new edition, his sparkling prose will be enhanced by some 200 carefully curated full-colour images from both the past and the present. Selected from a staggering array of sources to bring Bill''s journey to vivid life, these pictures will make reading At Home an immersive experience. When you''ve finished this book, you will see your house--and your daily life--in a new and revelatory light.
About the Author
BILL BRYSON''s books include A Walk in the Woods, I''m a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, Bryson''s Dictionary of Troublesome Words, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bryson''s Dictionary for Writers and Editors and At Home. He lives in England with his wife and children.
"Bryson is fascinated by everything, and his curiosity is infectious . . . [his] enthusiasm brightens any dull corner. . . . You''ll be given a delightful smattering of information about everything but . . . the kitchen sink."
— The New York Times Book Review
"Bryson''s gift for finding amazing facts and fascinating connections between people and events makes this another enjoyable sprawling read through many things you didn''t know you wanted to know."
— National Post
—The Moderate Voice