BOOKS

Histories of the Unexpected

Sam Willis James Daybell

RRP: £18.99

4 October 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786494122

RRP: £12.99

4 October 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786494153

‘History as you’ve never seen it before.’ Dan Snow

In this fascinating and original new book, Sam Willis and James Daybell lead us on a journey of discovery that tackles some of the greatest historical themes – from the Tudors to the Second World War, from the Roman Empire to the Victorians – but via entirely unexpected subjects.

You will find out here how the history of the beard is connected to the Crimean War; how the history of paperclips is all about the Stasi; how the history of bubbles is all about the French Revolution. And who knew that Heinrich Himmler, Tutankhamun and the history of needlework are linked to napalm and Victorian orphans?

Histories of the Unexpected not only presents a new way of thinking about the past, but also reveals the everyday world around us as never before.