The What on Earth? Wallbook : From the Big Bang to the Present Day by Christopher Lloyd

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With more than 1,000 pictures and captions depicting millions of years of evolution, the rise and fall of civilisations, the top 100 battles and on the reverse, the story of planet, life and people from the Big Bang to the present day, the What on Earth? Wallbook is an exhilarating journey through the past. The book is designed both to be read as a book and to be viewed as a poster that concertinas out to 2.3 metres. Terrifically original publishing.

There are three in the series so far:

The What on Earth? Wallbook: From the Big Bang to the Present Day

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Sport

Visit the What on Earth series website for more images and information.

Visit a GIANT WALLBOOK somewhere near you:

Huge pavement Wallbooks that are 8m long and 2m high are being exhibited throughout the country at the following placed between publication and September 2012.

26 April - 14 May 2012, South Bank of the River Thames outside London City Hall.

14 May - 8 Aug 2012, London Zoo.

31 May - 10 Jun 2012, The Family Zone at the Hay Literary Festival.

9 Aug - 9 Sep 2012, Natural History Museum London.

For more details go to the What on Earth website.


The What on Earth? Wallbook : From the Big Bang to the Present Day by Christopher Lloyd

Reads like a book or hangs on a wall! 13.7 billion years of history on a unique 2.3 metre-long timeline.

The wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing. See the image below for how the books open up.

wallbook of sport

And see below where the author demonstrates his wallbooks series in this video.


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

About the Author

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher 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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3rd October 2011




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