Edinburgh-based GP and award winning writer
will be taking us on a voyage of discovery through the human body as he discusses his latest book
ADVENTURES IN HUMAN BEING
Looking Glass Books
Tuesday 26th May at 7pm
'A sober and beautiful book about the landscape 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
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 (prize-winning author of Empire Antarctica) leads the reader on a journey through health and illness, 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 doctor and GP he blends first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia. If the body is a foreign country, then to practice medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the reader on an adventure through what it means to be human.
Both a user's guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, this book will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health.
GAVIN FRANCIS is a GP, and the author of True North: Travels in Arctic Europe, and Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje and Costa Prizes. He contributes to the London Review of Books, Guardian, and New York Review of Books, and lives in Edinburgh.
Adventures in Human Being has been selected as a BBC Radio 4 Book Of The Week.
Available to collect from publication date (7th May), or on the night of the event - beat the queue and go straight to the signing table! If you can't make the event, order a book here & Gavin will sign it for you on the night! You can then collect it from the shop at your convenience or we'll sned it to you..