Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

WRITING a short beginner’s history of the world was never going to be an easy undertaking.

A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

WRITING a short beginner’s history of the world was never going to be an easy undertaking. After all, a lot has happened in the past 14 billion years. From antibiotics to X-rays, we’ve been a busy bunch.

With such an incredible amount of information to explore, it would be impossible to know where to begin, but one of our best-loved writers is luckily on hand to help.

With his characteristically childlike wonder (and tantrums!) Bill Bryson jumps into the world of backwardly-built dinosaurs and deadly concoctions to draw together the very best and worst of science in this incredible guide.


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The book is littered throughout with extraordinary personalities, tales of astounding genius, and instances of stomach-churning stupidity (the destruction of the last dodo specimen is guaranteed to cause a cringe).

Alongside this host of funny, bizarre anecdotes and trivia, Bryson explores and explains all the greatest scientific theories and discoveries in a thoroughly approachable way, finding the beauty and wonder in even the most challenging of topics.

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A truly enchanting book that’s guaranteed to become a firm favourite after the first read.

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