Book review: The body: A guide for occupants by Bill Bryson

A fascinating celebration of the human body - and a warning about its abuse

27th October, 2019
Bill Bryson explains elaborate concepts through vivacious storytelling and numble prose

We blink 14,000 times a day. We take about 550 million breaths during our lifetime. If our lungs were smoothed out, they would cover a tennis court. We consist of seven billion billion billion atoms. And our brain holds roughly as much information as the entire digital content of today’s world.

Bill Bryson squeezes a miscellany of mind-boggling facts into The Body, his rib-tickling tour of the human body. Bryson is a name well known...

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