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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407021034
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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I Believe In Yesterday

My Adventures in Living History




'Hailed as the new Bill Bryson, he in fact a writer of considerably more substance' Irish Times

In 1989, Tim Moore moved into the last house in Chiswick with an outside toilet. Intrigued by a subsequent encounter with an elderly former resident, he finds himself inspired to travel back to the land before now, experiencing the hardships and homespun pleasures enjoyed and endured by Moores gone by.

The journey that follows takes him through the world of historical re-enactment, sitting at the feet of retromaniacs who have seen their future in the past, and learning their singular ways. Living on bramble leaves, Johnny cake and porridge, Moore travels from the Iron Age to the Steam Age, from Roman legionary, Tudor master to Yankee spy, sharing straw beds and daft hats with period obsessives driven by socio-historical curiosity, disillusionment with the pampered fecklessness of the modern world, or a simple nostalgia for campfires, flatulence and brutality.

I Believe in Yesterday is an odyssey through 2,000 years of filth and fury, where men were men, the nights were black, the world was your outside toilet and everything tasted faintly of leeks.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407021034
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
Categories:

About the Author

Tim Moore

Tim Moore’s writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of Gironimo!, French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points, I Believe In Yesterday and You Are Awful (But I Like You). He lives in London.

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Praise for I Believe In Yesterday

“Superbly funny new book”

Time Out

“His funniest book... Possibly the best book ever completed by a man covered in congealed animal fat, sweat and canon smoke”

Independent

“The main lesson of this entertaining trawl through history-as-dressing-up is that living the way we used to is not much better”

Times Literary Supplement

“One of our most amiable writers makes the decision to live as his ancestors did, and serves up tales of sharing straw beds and crossing the Kentucky Wilderness in an ox-drawn wagon”

The Times

“Hugely enjoyable... Whether he's firing cannons, battling Gauls or forgetting how to get into his codpiece, moore is always entertaining, and this book is laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely educational”

The Gloss

“A witty, inventive and engaging book”

Waterstones Books Quarterly

“The tone is light and Moore a delightful writer”

London Lite

“A live and amusing... interesting and entertaining read”

TNT Magazine


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