Adventures in Human Being

Awarded Non-Fiction Book of the year, 2015 




*Economist Books of the Year 2015*

*Sunday Times Books of the Year 2015*

*Sunday Herald Books of the Year 2015*

*Observer - Science Book of the Year 2015*

*Times - Books of the Year 2015*

A Sunday Times Bestseller:

'A sober and beautiful book about the landscapes of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent.'

Hilary Mantel

'Wonderful, subtle, unpretentious… I have never read a book like this one and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Reading it, you feel better.'

John Berger

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We have a lifetime’s association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the reader through a cultural map of the body, taking in  health and illness, and offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb, from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot.  Drawing on his own experiences as a physician and writer, he blends first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over millennia.  If the body is a foreign country, then the practice of medicine explores new territory: Francis leads the reader on an adventure through what it means to be human.

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