Greg Jenner is a British author and public historian born in 1982 with a particular interest in communicating history through pop culture and humour.
32 books on the list
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The Blazing World
A New History of Revolutionary England, 1603-1689
Despite my sinus pain, I’ve been absolutely loving this fantastic book by @SocialHistoryOx - it’s incredibly detailed and capacious, but don’t be put off by its intellectual heft; it’s written with stylish wit and clear ideas. Really great stuff! – source
@MagsTheObscure @WolfsonHistory Fantastic book! – source
Discover the untold story of Indigenous Americans who journeyed across the Atlantic to Europe in the wake of the Age of Discovery. In this groundbreaking work, Caroline Dodds Pennock challenges our Eurocentric understanding of history and sheds light on cultural appropriation, abduction, and loss; a story that has largely been absent from our collective imagination of the times. Drawing on surviving literature, poetry, and eyewitness accounts, Pennock gives us a sweeping account of the Indigenous American presence in, and impact on, early modern Europe.
This is a fascinating, important book that will reframe how you see the 16th century👇 – source
Also recommended byAdam Rutherford
Explore the most mind-boggling and hilarious theories with Dan Schreiber in The Theory of Everything Else. This collection delves into the biggest questions of our existence - from ghosts and time-travel to extraterrestrials and talking to animals. Schreiber presents the latest findings from researchers and self-proclaimed time-travelers alike, including Silicon Valley tech billionaires who question if the universe is a simulation. This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to expand their perspective and think outside the box.
Absolutely loved this audiobook by @Schreiberland - I have zero interest in aliens or conspiracies, but I loved how this book found the fine line between “batshit weird” and cheery skepticism – source
Discover the story of John Donne: the poet who defied categorization in the sparkling and modern biography presented in Super-Infinite. Katherine Rundell explores Donne's many lives, from a scholar of law and sea adventurer to a priest and MP, while also highlighting his poetic legacy as one of the greatest love poets in English history. Despite struggling with his own personal demons, Donne's verse expresses breathtaking impressions of joy and love.
This is a brilliant book 👇 – source
A heartwarming and humorous memoir that reflects on life, loss, and unexpected turns. Bob Mortimer shares his misadventures from burning down his childhood home to becoming a successful solicitor, and the chance encounter that led him to a career in comedy. Despite a heart condition that threatened his career, he found new success on BBC2's Gone Fishing. And Away... is a winningly heartfelt and hilarious read, full of lies and the most life-affirming joy.
@IamRichWilson @RealBobMortimer Such a wonderful book – source
A quirky and genre-busting book narrated by a book itself, this story follows the life of an unwanted book with a boring cover and dry pages. However, its fate changes when it meets YOU, a curious reader. Through witty direct address and charming illustrations, this hilariously subversive book explores the nature of books and reading, while encouraging readers to find the courage to tell their own stories. Full of bookish references and laughs, this book is perfect for readers of all ages.
I love this book so, so much - it’s so funny. Thoroughly recommended – source
Explore the critical gaps in civic literacy that are killing democracy in our country with The Unbroken Machine. Dale Smith takes a deep dive into our understanding of the political system and proposes real solutions for a more effective democracy. Discover how our current proposals for "more democracy" may be making things worse, and how a better understanding of our system can lead to positive change. Designed for the lay reader, The Unbroken Machine is a must-read for anyone interested in engaging with our democracy the way it was meant to be.
I strongly advise you to read this book - it’s enthralling, surprising, and important. It will profoundly change how you see our shared history. Black history *IS* British history – source
Also recommended byPaula Simons
Discover the psychological devastation of war in this groundbreaking book that compares the soldiers of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Through compelling stories and experiences, learn how combat trauma affects individuals centuries apart.
@AsFarce @portusprince Yeah apologies if you’ve seen it before, but I read this book as a student and it was fascinating – source
Discover the heroic and captivating world of The Facemaker, a true story by award-winning author Lindsey Fitzharris. Step into the shoes of pioneer plastic surgeon Harold Gillies, as he rebuilds the faces of World War I’s injured heroes and revolutionizes plastic surgery. Follow Gillies as he establishes one of the first hospitals dedicated to facial reconstruction and assembles an exceptional team of practitioners to restore not only the faces of the wounded but also their spirits. Experience the incredible courage and imagination that brings light to the darkest of times in this vivid account of how medicine becomes an art.
This is a brilliant book, I highly recommend it 👏👏 – source
Portable Magic by Emma Smith
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The Greek Revolution by Mark Mazower
Devil-Land by Clare Jackson
The Anglo-Saxons by Marc Morris
The Madman's Library by Edward Brooke-Hitching
Kindred by Rebecca Wragg Sykes
How Contagion Works by Paolo Giordano
The Beauty and the Terror by Catherine Fletcher
Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
Origins by Lewis Dartnell
The Element in the Room by Helen Arney
Final Solution by David Cesarani
Something in the Blood by David J. Skal
Frederick the Great by Tim Blanning
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
The Invention of News by Andrew Pettegree
Rob Delaney by Rob Delaney
Glamour by Professor Carol Dyhouse
Animal Freaks by Dr Jan Bondeson M.D.
Amelia Earhart by Doris L. Rich