The Body: A Guide for Occupants, by Bill Bryson, Transworld

The human body, a miracle of spontaneous self-assembly, is the perfect vehicle for Bryson’s trademark humour and fact-sharing compulsion (if you laid all the DNA code in your body end to end, it would stretch beyond the known planets). There is grit as well as wit: he tackles tricky health issues such as the global variation in life expectancy, medical insurance and obesity.

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