- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (October 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465079687
- ISBN-13: 978-0465079681
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum 1st Edition
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"It is grand, eloquent stuff, occasionally humorous, frequently moving, and invariably informative. In other hands, Adventures in Human Being might well have become cluttered with cliché, detail or sentimentality but Francis has a lightness of touch that helps him avoid these pitfalls. His use of quotes is sparing but erudite and his lack of self-importance--often a failing in his profession--is welcome. The end result is a thoroughly entertaining, provocative work."―The Guardian
"That Adventures in Human Being is an astonishing, moving and enchanting book can be explained in part by Francis's unique range of experience, his erudition and his enthusiasm."―New Statesman
"[Francis] offers an unusually upbeat medical perspective.... His essays form a kind of anatomical atlas in which Francis proceeds from head to toe, stopping along the way to explore the lungs, genitalia, liver, and other organs."―Boston Globe
"[A] brilliantly original and highly engaging book that takes you on a journey that is both familiar and unfamiliar, a book that marries both the physical and metaphysical with such imaginative wit and eloquence."―The Independent (UK)
"Clever, strangely beautiful.... The style is crisp and fast and the human tales irresistible."―The Times (London)
"[Francis] is a fine, subtle and observant writer... this is an illuminating and arresting book."―Herald Scotland
About the Author
Gavin Francis is a physician and the author of True North: Travels in Arctic Europe and Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Costa Prize, and was named a best book of the year by The Economist and the Financial Times. A regular contributor to the London Review of Books, the Guardian, and the New York Review of Books, Francis lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Great book, great writer.
Also perfect editing. Such a refreshing change from some of the other kindle books I have read.