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
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'Witty, illuminating and at times astonishing'
Mail on Sunday||
'Fascinating and funny'
'Far away her funniest and most sparkling book'
New York Times||
'The best kind of lavatory reading'
'Insightful, sharp science writing that will have you snorting with laughter is Mary Roach's speciality'
'Roach writes clearly, with gallows humour...compelling'
'A wonderful read'
'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’
‘The best kind of lavatory reading… exhaustive and irreverent’
Sunday Telegraph, paperback review||
‘Witty [and] enjoyable’
Independent on Sunday||