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In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history, Greg Jenner explores the gradual and often unexpected evolution of our daily routines.

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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, 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.

"Matthew Lloyd Davies narrates this work with an elegant British voice, drawing laughs from the author's humor as he sets scenes across time." ---AudioFile

"[I]t would be a staggeringly learned person who could not glean anything new from this work." ---Wall Street Journal

"He's a serious scholar, but it is very much a colloquial read." ---Wall Street Journal Online

"Jenner's book provides an entertaining, informative and highly detailed read." ---Shelf Awareness Starred Review

"The droll narration from Matthew Lloyd Davies is excellent and spot on." ---Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

"Erudite, witty, and packed with things you've never thought about." ---Dr. Peter Frankopan, author of Silk Roads
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A Million Years in a Day

A Curious History of Everyday Life From the Stone Age to the Phone Age

Author Greg Jenner

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Publication date Jun 21, 2016

Running time 11 hrs 26 min

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