In Timekeepers, Simon Garfield tells the story of our relationship with time, covering everything from French attempts to decimalise the clock, to the perfect length of time for a speech, to how the railways led to time zones.
He has interviewed Roger Bannister about what it’s like to live the same four minutes over and over again, and looks at the life of William Strachey, a 19th century British diplomat who lived on Indian time for more than 50 years after returning from a brief stint there. Engaging, entertaining and packed with stories and facts you’ll want to pass on, it’s Garfield at his absolute best.
About the author
Simon Garfield is the author of seventeen acclaimed books of non-fiction including A Notable Woman (as editor), To the Letter, On the Map, Just My Type and Mauve. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize.