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The Body
A Guide for Occupants
By (author): Bill Bryson
9780385685740 Hardcover English General Trade SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology Oct 15, 2019
$38.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6.13 x 9.25 in 464 pages Doubleday Canada
Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As compulsively readable as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner’s manual for everybody.

Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body—how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is 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.

BELOVED AUTHOR: 100K copies of this book’s predecessor and model, A Short History of Nearly Everything, have been sold in Canada in all print editions. And seven million copies of Bill Bryson’s books have been sold in North America.

BALANCE OF FACT AND FUN: The product of five years of intensive research by Bill Bryson including encounters with some of the world’s most famous scientists and physicians, all delivered with his trademark wit and humour.

UNIVERSAL SUBJECT: A rich banquet of deliciously worrisome information for anyone with the slightest touch of hypochondria and for anyone with a body—which covers just about everyone!

BILL BRYSON’s bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, At Home and One Summer. He lives in England with his wife.

Author Residence: Hampshire, England

Author Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa


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Praise for The Road to Little Dribbling:

“Bryson writes about Britain with the incision of an outsider, but also the warmth of kin. His talent lies in making both the wicked and the sincere feel of-a-piece in his writing.” —The Globe and Mail

“Bryson is an entertaining travel companion with a keen eye for the absurd.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Although he’s now entering what he fondly calls his ’dotage,’ the 64-year-old Bryson seems merely to have sharpened both his charms and his crotchets.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[Bryson is] endearing, irreverent, insightful, self-deprecating and hilarious. [The Road to Little Dribbling is] remarkable entertainment.” —USA Today


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