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Greg Jenner

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Greg Jenner is a British author and public historian born in 1982 with a particular interest in communicating history through pop culture and humour.
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The Anglo-Saxons
A History of the Beginnings of England
Marc Morris - May 25, 2021
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Sixteen hundred years ago, Britain parted company with Europe. As the Roman legions withdrew, the economy that had supported them collapsed. A world that had been peaceful, prosperous, and predictable became dangerously insecure. Rich and poor huddled together for protection in ancient hill-forts, unoccupied since the Iron Age. Learning and literac...
Greg Jenner
May 18, 2021
New medieval history book for you all to enjoy 👇      source
Amelia Earhart
Doris L. Rich - Oct 17, 1996 (first published in 1989)
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She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record—among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a double career as a fighter for women's rights and a ti...
Greg Jenner
Apr 13, 2021
@MathewJLyons Doris Rich’s book is probably the most comprehensive biography, the prose isn’t exactly rollicking but she really brings out the life and context      source
Kindred
Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Rebecca Wragg Sykes - Oct 27, 2020
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In Kindred, Neanderthal expert Rebecca Wragg Sykes shoves aside the cliché of the shivering ragged figure in an icy wasteland, and reveals the Neanderthal you don't know, our ancestor who lived across vast and diverse tracts of Eurasia and survived through hundreds of thousands of years of massive climate change. This book sheds new light on where ...
Greg Jenner
Mar 15, 2021
Love this! Thank you, check out @LeMoustier’s brilliant book Kindred for more      source
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Glamour
Women, History, Feminism
Professor Carol Dyhouse - Feb 10, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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In this lavishly illustrated book, author Carol Dyhouse surveys the world of glamour from early Hollywood right up to Madonna. She deftly unpacks the ever-changing nature of the word, its relationship to femininity and fashion, and its place in twentieth century social history. With wit and insight, Dyhouse conducts a dazzling tour of the history a...
Greg Jenner
Jan 03, 2021
If you’d like to know more about this, I recommend Carol Dyhouse’s work - her book Glamour is very readable      source
The Madman's Library
The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History
Edward Brooke-Hitching - Apr 06, 2021 (first published in 2020)
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This fascinating and bizarre collection compiles the most unusual, obscure books from the far reaches of the human imagination throughout history.From the author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Phantom Atlas and The Sky Atlas comes a unique and beautifully illustrated journey through the history of literature. The Madman's Library delve...
Greg Jenner
Dec 30, 2020
Having a quick look through @foxtosser’s latest book The Madman’s Library, and it’s utterly captivating and fascinating. Beautiful illustrations and startling stories of the rarest and weirdest of books. Recommended!      source
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How Contagion Works
Paolo Giordano - Jan 01, 2020
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The Covid-19 pandemic is the most significant health emergency of our time.Writing from Italy in lockdown, physicist and novelist Paolo Giordano explains how disease spreads in our interconnected world:why it mattershow it impacts ushow we must reactExpanding his focus to include other forms of contagion - from the environmental crisis to fake news...
Greg Jenner
May 13, 2020
Just reading this very short, very interesting book about the maths of contagion - really easy to understand and mega cheap      source
The Beauty and the Terror
The Italian Renaissance and the Rise of the West
Catherine Fletcher - Jul 08, 2020
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A new account of the birth of the West through its birthplace--Renaissance ItalyThe period between 1492--resonant for a number of reasons--and 1571, when the Ottoman navy was defeated in the Battle of Lepanto, embraces what we know as the Renaissance, one of the most dynamic and creatively explosive epochs in world history. Here is the period that ...
Greg Jenner
May 04, 2020
Fab book! Well worth your time 👇👍      source
Because Internet
Understanding the New Rules of Language
Gretchen McCulloch - Jul 23, 2019
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A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language. Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar...
Greg Jenner
Sep 30, 2019
This by @GretchenAMcC is a fascinating book about internet language. And I really like this early observation that frustrated ‘keysmash’ is actually carefully curated to look chaotic because real keysmashing is often disappointing      source
Origins
How The Earth Made Us
Lewis Dartnell - Jan 30, 2020
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER‘Origins by Lewis Dartnell stands comparison with Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens…A thrilling piece of Big History’ James McConnachie, Sunday Times'A sweeping, brilliant overview of the history not only of our species but of the world' Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk RoadsWhen we talk about human history, we focus on grea...
Greg Jenner
Jan 31, 2019
Dipping into this fascinating book by @lewis_dartnell - it’s the story of how geology, ecology, biology (and other ologies) shaped the course of human history.      source
The Element in the Room
Science-y Stuff Staring You in the Face
Helen Arney - Mar 06, 2018
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Have you ever wanted to perform sonic experiments with your morning coffee? Predict the exact second your unborn child will be born? Spice up your love life with inspiration from the animal kingdom? Well now you can... The Element in the Room, the Nerds' first ever book, is designed for anyone who is sci-curious and wants to know more about the wor...
Greg Jenner
Oct 26, 2017
Looking for a fun science book for teens/you? This one by @FOTSN is a delighted barrage of witty explanations and self-experimentations      source