Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond (Hardback)
  • Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond (Hardback)
zoom

Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond (Hardback)

(author)
£16.99
Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 19/03/2020
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
The phenomenon of friendship is universal. Friends, after all, are the family we choose. But what makes these bonds not just pleasant but essential, and how do they affect our bodies and our minds? In Friendship, science journalist Lydia Denworth takes us in search of the biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations of this important bond. She finds that the human capacity for friendship is as old as humanity itself, when tribes of people on the African savanna grew large enough for individuals to seek meaningful connection with those outside their immediate families. Lydia meets scientists at the frontiers of brain and genetics research, and discovers that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, our genomes, and our cardiovascular and immune systems; its opposite, loneliness, can kill. With insight and warmth, Lydia weaves past and present, biology and neuroscience, to show how our bodies and minds are designed for friendship, and how this is changing in the age of social media. Blending compelling science, storytelling, and a grand evolutionary perspective, she delineates the essential role that cooperation and companionship play in creating human (and non-human) societies. Friendship illuminates the vital aspects of friendship, both visible and invisible, and offers a refreshingly optimistic vision of human nature. It is a clarion call for putting positive relationships at the centre of our lives.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472977700
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Ms Denworth sticks to the science, calmly telling us the truth no matter what we think we need to hear. * Wall Street Journal *
The science of friendship has grown remarkably rich in recent years, with scientists studying everything from the chemicals that create bonds in our brains to the friendships animals make for years on end. There's a deep evolutionary story to friendship now, and Lydia Denworth tells it in clear, lyrical prose. -- Carl Zimmer, author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
Friendship was once mocked as a naive notion, irrelevant in our species and non-existent in others. In her lively, personable style, Lydia Denworth reviews what we know about the benefits of close relationships and their long evolutionary history. -- Frans de Waal, New York Times bestselling author of Mama's Last Hug
The power of friendship - in many ways the most essential of our relationships - has long been underestimated. It's an absolute pleasure to see Lydia Denworth do it justice in this lovely, insightful, and important book. -- Deborah Blum, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Poison Squad
Friendship takes a fascinating deep dive into the societal, emotional, and health benefits of our everyday relationships. * RealSimple *
A sweeping, precise, and engaging narrative about our primordial capacity for friendship. If you care about what really matters in life, what brings us true joy and banishes our suffering, and what people at the end of life consistently report as the thing that most matters, you will care about this fantastic natural history of human friendship. -- Nicholas A. Christakis, author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
I can think of no better rebuke to today's success-obsessed brand of parenting than Denworth's clarion call for friendship. Her convincing narration of the science shows that for our kids to live happily ever after, and successfully too, we must let them spend many more afternoons with friends. -- Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise An Adult

You may also be interested in...

The Origin of Species
Added to basket
Almost Like A Whale
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Principles of Geology
Added to basket
It Was Snowing Butterflies
Added to basket
The Story of the Human Body
Added to basket
Human Evolution
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
1493
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
On the Origin of Species
Added to basket
Creation
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Descent of Man
Added to basket
The Sixth Extinction
Added to basket
Evolution as a Religion
Added to basket
The Greatest Show on Earth
Added to basket
The Descent of Man
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.