Books

A MILLION YEARS IN A DAY: A CURIOUS HISTORY OF EVERYDAY LIFE, FROM THE STONE AGE TO THE PHONE AGE

An accessible, humorous book that recounts the history of daily life: ‘A Million Years In A Day: A Curious History of Ordinary Life, From Stone Age To Phone Age’ takes an ordinary day as the template to reveal the astonishing origins and evolution of the daily practices we take for granted.

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DEAD FAMOUS: AN UNEXPECTED HISTORY OF CELEBRITY, FROM BRONZE AGE TO SILVER SCREEN will be published by W&N Books on March 19th  2020.

Dead Famous is a surprising, funny, and fascinating exploration of both a bygone age and how we came to inhabit our modern, fame obsessed society. The book spans the Bronze Age to the coming of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, freaks, demigods, ruffians, and more, in search of celebrity’s historical roots. Greg reveals why celebrity burst into life in the early eighteenth century, how it differs to ancient ideas of fame, the effect it had on public tastes, and the psychological burden stardom could place on those in the glaring limelight.