The Handshake

£7.99

Strangers do it, friends do it, politicians do it and so do chimpanzees: in fact, the handshake is so deeply embedded in our history and culture that it might even be older than humanity itself. So let’s shake on it, and join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a voyage of discovery through everything from evolutionary biology to the etiquette of modern life.

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‘It’s a little book of wonder, it’s fantastic’ Chris Evans’A fabulously sparky, wide-ranging and horizon-broadening little study … joyously unboring’ Sunday TimesFriends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees – and it’s not just deeply embedded in our history and culture, it may even be written in our DNA. The humble handshake, it turns out, has a rich and surprising history.So let’s join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a funny and fascinating voyage of discovery – from the handshake’s origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020. Drawing on new research, anthropological insights and first-hand experience, she’ll reveal how this most friendly of gestures has played a role in everything from meetings with uncontacted tribes to political assassinations – and what it tells us about the enduring power of human contact.Because the story of the handshake … is far from over.

Additional information

Weight 0.18 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.6 × 1.6 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

128

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

302.222 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K