The Handshake (Hardback)

A Gripping History

Ella Al-Shamahi

For the first time, this quirky and engaging history reveals the secrets of one of our most ancient social gestures

Strangers do it, friends do it, politicians do it and so do chimpanzees: in fact, the handshake is so deeply embedded in our history and culture that it might even be older than humanity itself.

So let's shake on it, and join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a fascinating voyage of discovery through everything from evolutionary biology to the etiquette of modern life. Whether in ancient cave paintings or WHO guidelines, the handshake has helped us seal the deal, welcome a stranger and end conflict - as well as testifying to the enduring power of human contact.

Publication date: 25/03/2021

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788167802

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

The Handshake (Ebook)

A Gripping History

Ella Al-Shamahi

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For the first time, this quirky and engaging history reveals the secrets of one of our most ancient social gestures

Strangers do it, friends do it, politicians do it and so do chimpanzees: in fact, the handshake is so deeply embedded in our history and culture that it might even be older than humanity itself.

So let's shake on it, and join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a fascinating voyage of discovery through everything from evolutionary biology to the etiquette of modern life. Whether in ancient cave paintings or WHO guidelines, the handshake has helped us seal the deal, welcome a stranger and end conflict - as well as testifying to the enduring power of human contact.

Publication date: 25/03/2021

£10.99

ISBN: 9781782838371

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08FNHNRDD

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Ella Al-Shamahi

Ella Al-Shamahi

Ella Al-Shamahi is a National Geographic Explorer, paleoanthropologist, evolutionary biologist and stand-up comic. She specialises in Neanderthals, caves and expeditions in hostile, disputed and unstable territories. She is a TV presenter, a TED 2019 speaker and has taken 4 shows up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has degrees in Genetics, Taxonomy and Biodiversity and is undertaking her PhD in Palaeoanthropology.