Adventures in Human Being

  • by Gavin Francis
  • Narrated by Thomas Judd
  • 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 listener 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 firsthand 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 practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the listener 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 audiobook will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health.
Gavin Francis is an award-winning writer and doctor and a contributor to The Guardian, The New York Review of Books and London Review of Books.


What the Critics Say

"A sober and beautiful book about the landscape of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent." (Hilary Mantel)
"Wonderful, subtle, unpretentious...produces a kind of complicity between the author, the reader, and the subject." (John Berger)


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Customer Reviews

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A clear journey through the body from head to toe, describing the wonderful workings of the human body. Highly recommended!
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- Amz


Highly, highly recommend this book. A clever mix of history, superstition and anecdotes. As a student nurse I found this style to be incredibly informative and enjoyable.
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- JamesHurst

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-12-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios