The Body: A Guide for Occupants (Paperback)Bill Bryson (author)
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Steeped in riveting anecdote and enlightening trivia, The Body uncovers the workings of organs, muscles, bones and brains in Bill Bryson’s inimitable style.
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2020
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year 2020
'We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.'
Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.
A wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything, this new book is an instant classic. It will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again.
'What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected. There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.'
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 33 mm
'The prose motors gleefully along, a finely tuned engine running on jokes, factoids and biographical interludes.' - The Guardian
'A directory of wonders. Extraordinary stories about the heart, lungs, genitals ... plus some anger and life advice - all delivered in the inimitable Bryson style' - Gavin Francis, The Guardian
"'Remarkable ... Every page is dense with scientific facts written as vividly as a thriller, as well as answers to conundrums such as why we don't fall out of bed when we are asleep ... It is woven through with the kind of human stories that Bryson has made his trademark.' - The Mail on Sunday
'Readable and useful ... witty, jargon-free prose that glides you through 400 pages. It's fun to read because it's not just comprehensive, but quirky.' - Richard Morrison, The Times
'Classic, wry, gleeful Bryson...an entertaining and absolutely fact-rammed book.' - The Sunday Times
'It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book.' - The Daily Telegraph
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