truly impressive...an epic undertaking in terms of layout, typography, design and sheer scale of ambition
Christopher Middleton, TELEGRAPH
Stumped by species, dumbfounded by Darwin or bemused by the big bang?
THE WHAT ON EARTH? WALLBOOK is an innovative A3 sized, concertina-folded hardback book that tells the complete story of planet, life and people from the beginning of time to the present day. It can be read like a book or unfolded and stuck on a wall turning it into a 2.3 metre-long wall chart.
One side of the Wallbook features a timeline stretching from the beginning of the universe c. 13.7 billion years ago to the present day. Six coloured streams of content comprise the history of Space, Earth, Sky, Sea, Land and Humanity. Six more streams, divided geographically, tell the story of the rise and fall of human civilisations beginning c. 6,000 years ago. On the back is a 7,000 word narrative guide that tells the story of planet, life and people in words, highlighting the most seismic moments in natural and human history and referencing them on the visual timeline overleaf.
With more than a thousand illustrations depicting millions of years of evolution, the rise and fall of civilizations, one hundred of the top battles and, on the reverse, the story of the planet, life and people from the Big Bang to the present day, THE WHAT ON EARTH? WALLBOOK is an exhilarating journey through the past.
Christopher Lloyd is the founder of What on Earth Publishing Ltd, which specialises in communicating big and complex ideas in a simple, attractive and engaging manner. He is also the author of two world history books published by Bloomsbury; WHAT ON EARTH HAPPENED? THE COMPLETE STORY OF PLANET, LIFE AND PEOPLE FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE PRESENT DAY, published in October 2008 and now sold in 16 languages, and WHAT ON EARTH EVOLVED? 100 SPECIES THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, published in October 2009.