Adventures in Human Being

by Gavin Francis

Part of the Wellcome Series

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Adventures in Human Being Synopsis

We have a lifetime's association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. If the body is a foreign country, then to practise 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. Published in association with Wellcome Collection.

Adventures in Human Being Press Reviews

'A beautiful, profound and highly readable account of a remarkable personal adventure. Francis's pacing is deft, his prose vivid, his research worn lightly. Empire Antarctica is surely destined to become a standard, not so much of travel as of staying very still.' Daily Telegraph


'Empire Antarctica is the embodiment of everything I admire in travel writing -- a great journey, intense isolation, wide reading, vivid writing, scientific research, and something in the nature of an old-fashioned ordeal. That Gavin Francis is a medical doctor, with an important role to play in the darkness and cold at the ends of the earth, is a bonus. I loved this book.' -- Paul Theroux


'Wonderful, subtle, unpretentious ... produces a kind of complicity between the author, the reader, and the subject'
John Berger

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ISBN: 9781781253427
Publication date: 30/04/2015
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781253427
Publication date: 30th April 2015
Author: Gavin Francis
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Popular Science, The Real World,
Categories: Popular science, Physiology,

About Gavin Francis

Gavin Francis was born in 1975 and brought up in Fife, Scotland. After qualifying from medical school in Edinburgh he spent ten years travelling, visiting all seven continents. He has worked in Africa and India, made several trips to the Arctic, and crossed Eurasia and Australasia by motorcycle. His first book, True North, was published in 2008. He has lectured widely and his essays have appeared in the Guardian, Granta and the London Review of Books. He lives in Edinburgh.

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