The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature

Written by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
Illustrated by Andy Forshaw

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November 2015 Book of the Month The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children’s curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning. Each one contains a full-colour poster – 2 metres long – that illustrates the complete historical timeline of its subject. The Wallbook Timeline of Nature shows children the history of life on Earth, from the first signs of life 4 billion years ago to the start of the 21st century. By cross-sectioning time, the Wallchart gives children a comprehensive view of what is happening across the Earth as the centuries pass, in the oceans, and on the land. A separate timeline across the top illustrates the changes to Earth’s landmasses as the continents gradually form. Illustrations are accompanied by equally informative captions and there’s longer reading too in the form of spoof newspaper articles and letters to the editor. Billions of years of history at a glance! ~ Andrea Reece

These wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing. The Timeline of Nature shows the complete story of natural history in 1,000 species on a 2.4 metre-long timeline beginning with the formation of the Earth to the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary science. Perfect for younger readers but also relevant to all ages, this comprehensive, accessible and versatile wallbook is the first ever attempt to illustrate the entire history of nature and natural science on a single piece of paper.

In addition to the Wallbook, The Timeline of Nature also includes a Chronicle which features more than 30 newspaper stories and a quiz.


The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Nature by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Nature tells the complete story of natural history from the formation of the Earth to the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary science. A3 in size and comprising a remarkable 2.4 m long, fully illustrated timeline, it can either be read like a book or unfolded and stuck on a wall.

Streams of colour represent key themes, including the land, sea and sky and provide a backdrop along which all the major events of natural history unfold. On the reverse side a second timeline identifies the people behind the science and highlights key moments in the understanding of natural science from Aristotle to the present day.

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History is a publishing collaboration with The Natural History Museum.

You can see the author demonstrating his wallbooks in this video -

The What on Earth? Wallbook series includes -

What on Earth? Timeline of Shakespeare

What on Earth? Timeline of Sport

What on Earth? Timeline of Science & Engineering

What on Earth? Timeline of Big History

What on Earth? Timeline of Nature

You can find out more about The What On Earth Wallbooks at


'A truly epic undertaking, in terms of layout, typography, design and sheer scale of ambition' - Christopher Middleton, The Daily Telegraph

“I wasn't able to get to the camera to catch the moment of my 4 y/o grandson on hands and knees on the dining room table looking for dinosaurs and boats. Your heart would melt. Many thanks to you, Chris and all those that made these delightful posters.” Ted Mead (grandparent)

“I have been reading your What On Earth Happened? book and it has inspired me to rethink my history teaching. The way you link one event/invention to another is brilliant. Would you object if I borrowed some of your content for use in my History class-notes?” Alex Kirkpatrick, Bishopsgate School

“Christopher Lloyd came to our school to give a talk and it was compulsory for me to go. I really dreaded it, and thought that it would be boring. However, to my pleasant surprise the talk was one of the most interesting talks I have ever listened to. It sparked in me a real interest in history and current events, so much so that I went home and got the What On Earth Happened Wallbook and the full book. I have chosen GCSE for history and will likely go on to study it at A-level. Thanks again for what you are doing and for inspiring me.” Aidan Bartholomew (14 years old)

About the Author

Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

Christopher (pictured) graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge in 1990 and went on to become the Technology Editor for The Sunday Times. He left in 2000 to become CEO of Immersive Education in Oxford before becoming an author in 2006. His best selling history of the world, called What on Earth Happened? (Bloomsbury 2008) is now in 15 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. He established his own publishing house What on Earth Publishing in Spring 2010 and has published a series of timelines in collaboration with illustrator Andy Forshaw covering history, nature, science, sport, Shakespeare and Magna Carta. Christopher is now in great demand as a lecturer and storyteller in schools, museums and at literary festivals throughout the UK and abroad. He divides his time between lecturing and writing.

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20th October 2015




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