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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Paperback)
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Paperback)

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 06/03/2014
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Eating is the most pleasurable, gross, necessary, unspeakable biological process we undertake. But very few of us realise what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal - let alone have pondered the results (of the research). How have physicists made crisps crispier? What do laundry detergent and saliva have in common? Was self-styled `nutritional economist' Horace Fletcher right to persuade millions of people that chewing a bite of shallot seven hundred times would yield double the vitamins?

In her trademark, laugh-out-loud style, Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, beer and pet-food tasters, stomach slugs, potato crisp engineers, enema exorcists, rectum-examining prison guards, competitive hot dog eaters, Elvis' doctor, and many more as she investigates the beginning, and the end, of our food.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780743912
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
Edition: 2nd edition

`The funniest book [of the year] by far... almost every page made me laugh out loud.' * Sunday Times, Best Science Books of 2013 *
`Witty, illuminating and at times astonishing.' * Mail on Sunday *
`Witty [and] enjoyable' * Independent on Sunday *
`The best kind of lavatory reading... exhaustive and irreverent' * Sunday Telegraph, paperback review *
`Mary Roach is a science writer who looks very closely at normal things - and close up, lots of things look weird or horrifying... The bit you will talk about most is how prisoners hide things up their bottoms' * Evening Standard *
'Far away her funniest and most sparkling book' * New York Times *
`Engrossingly gross' * Scotsman *
'The best kind of lavatory reading' * Sunday Telegraph *
'Insightful, sharp science writing that will have you snorting with laughter is Mary Roach's speciality' * New Scientist *
`Disgustingly good... Roach takes a superbly witty prod at our innards.' * The Times *
'Roach writes clearly, with gallows humour...compelling' * Evening Standard *
'A wonderful read' * BBC Focus *
'Joyously funny and intrepidly smart' * Saga *

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“You'll bust a gut”

The digestive tract, and the much more pleasant sounding alimentary canal, doesn’t sound like the most enticing subject matter, but Roach finds a way to navigate her topic in a manner akin to the Fantastic Voyage.... More

Paperback edition
1st April 2014
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I absolutely loved this disgusting book! It's everything a book should be: clever, accessible, fascinating and funny, it's also grosser than most horror novels you'll ever read (one part desribes... More

Paperback edition
20th March 2013
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