Penguin Book


Hugh Aldersey-Williams

A highly enjoyable, wide-ranging cultural history of the human body, for readers of Bill Bryson.

Why are some of us left-handed? Why do some cultures think of the heart as the seat of our souls and passions, while others place them in the liver? Why is it that in the eyes of the law in many countries, your body does not actually belong to you? Until we fall ill, most of us take this extraordinarily complicated collection of flesh, bones and fluids, entirely for granted. But attitudes to the human body - from the celebratory to the taboo - are as varied and changing as human history. From ancient body art to plastic surgery today, from grave-robbers to artists, doctors to extreme athletes, Hugh Aldersey-Williams brings his hugely successful blend of science, history and literature to bear on this richest of subjects. The result is a treasure trove of surprising facts, stories and information, woven into an effortlessly enjoyable narrative.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams is the author of Periodic Tales, a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller which has sold in 8 languages. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge, is the author of several books exploring science, design and architecture.

Praise for Periodic Tales:

'Science writing at its best ... if only chemistry had been like this at school ...' - Matt Ridley

Publication date
  • History
  • Science and Technology
Format TPS
216 x 135mm
W.W. Norton & Co Inc (PRH Rights)
Greene & Heaton Ltd
Greene & Heaton Ltd
Greene & Heaton Ltd
Audio (Unabridged)
Greene & Heaton Ltd
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