Evesham & District

At Home - Bill Bryson

The author goes on a journey around his house, an 1851 Norfolk rectory, and considers how the ordinary things in life came to be. He discovered fascinating connections and describes them in an entertaining though meandering way employing a dry wit. If you like a long read, with plenty of information and anecdotes, this book could be for you.

Bill Bryson takes each of the rooms in his house, a rectory built in 1851, and used this as a framework to describe private life in days gone by. It gave insight into the role of servants in society. It covered a lot of ground and must have taken years to research.
It touches on so many different topics it must have taken years to research. One member who started to read it on Kindle found she wanted to keep referring back and look at the plans at the beginning. This was difficult on Kindle and so she bought the book. Although Bill Bryson has an easy writing style it is not a light read. It also serves well as a reference book about private lives in days gone by.

Also recommended by the same author

  • Shakespeare
  • Notes from a Small Island
  • The Road to Little Dribbling
  • A Walk in the Woods

Other recommended reading

  • Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens
  • Endell Street by Wendy Moore
  • The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
  • The Shetland Series by Anne Cleeves
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

Suggestions for books suitable for our reading list for next year

  • The Foundling by Stacey Halls
  • The Telephone Box at the End of the World byLaura Imai Messina

Next choice (Jan/Feb): Old Baggage by Lissa Evans.
Following choice (Feb/March): personal choice of book or one or two shortish poems.

Next meeting: February 25th at 11.00 by Zoom