Tuesday 25 July at 17:30 via Zoom
Next week we will be discussing “The Body: A Guide for Occupants” by Bill Bryson’s
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.
In the best-selling, prize-winning “A Short History of Nearly Everything” Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe.
Now he turns his attention inwards 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 makeup.
“A delightful tour guide … Bryson’s stroll through human anatomy, physiology, evolution, and illness (diabetes, cancer, infections) is instructive, accessible, and entertaining”.
“The Body – a delightful, anecdote-propelled read – proves one of his most ambitious yet, as he leads us on a head-to-toe tour of a physique that’s terra incognita to many of us … Playful, lucid … [Bryson] cover[s] a remarkably large swathe of human corporeal and cerebral experience.”
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