A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes (Paperback)
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Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017

This is a story about you. It concerns the tale of who you are and how you came to be. It is your individual story, because the journey of life that alights at your existence is unique, as it is for every person who has ever drawn breath. And it’s also our collective story, because as an ambassador for the whole of our species, you are both typical and exceptional.

This is the history of who you are and how you came to be.

It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex.

Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species.

In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

'You will be spellbound.' - Brian Cox

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781780229072
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 317 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'I very much enjoyed and admired . . . A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived' - Bill Bryson 

'An effervescent work, brimming with tales and confounding ideas carried in the "epic poem in our cells". The myriad storylines will leave you swooning . . . Rutherford, a trained geneticist, is an enthusiastic guide' - Guardian

'A thoroughly entertaining history of Homo sapiens and its DNA in a manner that displays popular science writing at its best' - Observer

'A brilliant, authoritative, surprising, captivating introduction to human genetics. If you know little about the human story, you will be spellbound. If you know a lot about the human story, you'll be spellbound. It's that good' - Brian Cox

'Adam Rutherford's book is well-written, stimulating and entertaining. What's more important, he consistently gets it right' - Richard Dawkins

'DNA is fragile, confusing and contains a lot of pointless data. But unlike other accounts of human history it doesn't lie. Adam Rutherford's soaring book is an exposition of what this new science really tells us about who we are - The Times

'It is one of those rare books that you'll finish thinking you haven't wasted a single second' - Independent

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“A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived”

Wonderful account of genetics today and the stories in our DNA, (and how scientists got there), that make each of us what we are. Adam Rutherford demolishes the urban myths of genetics and leaves you wanting more.... More

Hardback edition
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Tony Reynolds

“A great read. Pure science at its best.”

I just devoured Adam's wonderful book in 2 days. Every page was an eye opener leading the reader through the genes history and stopping off at interesting places along the way to visit the past royalty of Europe... More

Hardback edition
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“Brief history of everyone who ever lived”

Not really a book. I welcomed the science details and the historical research, but half of it is full of opinionated accounts and very personal details. There are pages and pages of information about his genetical and... More

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