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Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal

Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal

Roach, Mary, author

Eating is the most pleasurable, gross and necessary process we humans undertake. Yet few of us realise what strange miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, competitive hot dog eaters and stomach slugs, as she investigates the beginning and end of our food

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Oneworld, 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Mary Roach
ISBN: 1780743912, 9781780743912
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: Originally published: 2013.
Physical Description: viii, 340 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: Digestion Popular works.; Alimentary canal Popular works.; Health and Fitness.; Health and Wellbeing.

Author note

Mary Roach is the bestselling author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; Six Feet Over: Adventures in the Afterlife; Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex; and Packing for Mars. She has written for the Guardian, Wired, BBC Focus, GQ and Vogue and many other publications. She lives in California.


'Witty, illuminating and at times astonishing'

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'Far away her funniest and most sparkling book'

New York Times||

'The best kind of lavatory reading'

Sunday Telegraph||

'Insightful, sharp science writing that will have you snorting with laughter is Mary Roach's speciality'

New Scientist||

'Roach writes clearly, with gallows humour...compelling'

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'A wonderful read'

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'Joyously funny and intrepidly smart'


‘The funniest book by far… almost every page made me laugh out loud’ 

Sunday Times, best science books of 2013||

‘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’

Evening Standard||

‘The best kind of lavatory reading… exhaustive and irreverent’ 

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‘Witty [and] enjoyable’

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'Engrossingly gross'