At Home – Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s At Home is an English history, told by moving through the rooms of his house. In this it follows on more from A Short History of Nearly Everything than from his travel writings.

I was expecting this book to examine the history of the physical house which Bill Bryson was discussing, but the method used of entering a room and then examining how this room came to be included in a house and why interesting features of that room are as they are worked well. However this is the main way in which each part of history is linked together, which removed the need to keep reading in order to see how they are all tied together, as we know that the only link is that all of the histories lead to an invention in common use today, or the history of a house layout being developed.

The histories discussed are well-researched, with all the details I had previously come across being correct, and each history is fascinating: once begun I found I generally had to read the whole history in one sitting. In spite of the lack of a story threading through the book, I would recommend it.

One thought on “At Home – Bill Bryson

  1. Bryson is compulsively readable. Reading At Home wasn’t like reading a history book–it was like chatting with a good friend. If you haven’t read A Short History of Everything, you might want to check it out. The writing style is similar to At Home, but the book’s structure doesn’t meander was much.

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