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Beneath the Skin

Love Letters to the Body by Great Writers

Ned Beauman Alderman Lynch Kerr



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29 September 2020
Buried beneath layers of flesh, our hearts pump, our lungs inflate, our kidneys filter. These organs, and others, are essential to our survival but remain largely unknown to us.

In Beneath the Skin, fifteen writers each explore a different body part: Naomi Alderman unravels the intestines and our obsession with food; Thomas Lynch celebrates the womb as a miracle; AL Kennedy explores the nose's striking ability to conjure memories; and Philip Kerr traces the remarkable history of brain surgery.

Moving, intimate and often unexpected, this is an awe-inspiring voyage through the mysterious landscape of our bodies.
By:   Ned Beauman, Alderman, Lynch, Kerr, Various
Imprint:   Profile
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781788160964
ISBN 10:   1788160967
Series:   Wellcome Collection
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The essays are by Naomi Alderman, Ned Beauman, William Fiennes, Philip Kerr, Mark Ravenhill, Annie Freud, Daljit Nagra, Christina Patterson, Chibundo Onuzo, Thomas Lynch, Patrick McGuinness, AL Kennedy, Kayo Chingonyi, Abi Curtis and Imtiaz Dharker. Beneath the Skin is published in association with Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death.

Reviews for Beneath the Skin: Love Letters to the Body by Great Writers

These essays lift back the skin to reveal something secret and precious, articulating private truths and distilling sensation into language ... this collection is a timely, triumphant celebration of our embodiment * iNews *

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