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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

by Bill Bryson

I am a huge Bill Bryson fan!  Years ago, I arranged his publicity tour when he came to South Africa to promote Made in America and am among the thousands of readers who were devastated to hear he is retiring from writing.  Rich and I listened to the The Body on Audible on the long drive back from the coast last week.  It was fabulous – particularly as Bryson himself is the narrator. Highly recommended!

In his latest (and probably his last) book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants (published in 2019), Bill Bryson turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself and the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Brysonesque anecdotes (like Christiaan Barnard’s love life), The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle of our physical and neurological make up, of life in general and you in particular.

As Bill Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read (or listen) owner’s manual for every body.  Its such fun – fabulous facts and asides.  So interesting and entertaining.  How is it possible that we’ve lived to this ripe old age without knowing what’s actually going on inside of us??!  Please watch this 6 minute YouTube clip – let Bill convince you himself!  Bill Bryson recording of The Body – YouTube

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