Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold original approach to human history exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them. Encompassing a grand sweep of human history A History of the World in 100 Objects begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa and ends with objects which characterise the world we live in today. Seen through MacGregor’s eyes history is a kaleidoscope – shifting interconnected constantly surprising and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. A stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency and an early Victorian tea-set speaks to us about the impact of empire. An intellectual and visual feast this is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.