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Mary Roach can never resist going just that bit further, searching out the most arcane information on her chosen subject and in Gulp, a story of the physicality of eating, you just know it won’t end there – you know it won’t end with what goes in, there will be a lot of what goes out as well. Mind you, she has the knack of finding out just what we’ve all been longing to know, and one has to admire her talent for nosing out the experts – some in subjects you’ve never heard of, admire too her gung-ho approach to self-experimentation. I think she’s the tops, a clever writer who blends the science facts with humour and amazement, if you’ve not read her before then start here and I guarantee you’ll have to go back and search out her back list.
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014.
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Eating is the most pleasurable, gross, necessary, unspeakable biological process we undertake. But very few of us realise what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal - let alone have pondered the results (of the research). How have physicists made crisps crispier? What do laundry detergent and saliva have in common? Was self-styled 'nutritional economist' Horace Fletcher right to persuade millions of people that chewing a bite of shallot seven hundred times would yield double the vitamins? In her trademark, laugh-out-loud style, Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, beer and pet-food tasters, stomach slugs, potato crisp engineers, enema exorcists, rectum-examining prison guards, competitive hot dog eaters, Elvis' doctor, and many more as she investigates the beginning, and the end, of our food.
'The funniest book [of the year] by far... almost every page made me laugh out loud.'
Sunday Times, Best Science Books of 2013
'Witty, illuminating and at times astonishing.'
Mail on Sunday
'Witty [and] enjoyable'
Independent on Sunday
'The best kind of lavatory reading... exhaustive and irreverent'
Sunday Telegraph, paperback review
'Mary Roach is a science writer who looks very closely at normal things - and close up, lots of things look weird or horrifying... The bit you will talk about most is how prisoners hide things up their bottoms'
'Far away her funniest and most sparkling book'
New York Times
'The best kind of lavatory reading'
'Insightful, sharp science writing that will have you snorting with laughter is Mary Roach's speciality'
'Disgustingly good... Roach takes a superbly witty prod at our innards.'
'Roach writes clearly, with gallows humour...compelling'
'A wonderful read'
'Joyously funny and intrepidly smart'
Publication date: 07/07/2016
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
|Publication date:||7th July 2016|
|Genres:||Popular Science, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Popular science, Physiology,|
Mary Roach is a journalist who has contributed to GQ, Vogue and New York Times Magazine and is contributing editor for the science magazine Discover. All of her books have been huge bestsellers in America. She lives in San Francisco. Author photo © Chris HardyMore About Mary Roach