Shapeshifters: A Journey Through the Changing Human Body

Version: Unabridged
Author: Gavin Francis
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Published In: June 2018
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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From birth to death, a lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human lifeTo be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo--such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing-and those that only some of our bodies will: like getting a tattoo, experiencing psychosis, suffering anorexia, being pregnant, or undergoing a gender transition. In Francis's hands, each event becomes an opportunity to explore the meaning of identity and the natures-biological, psychological, and philosophical-of our selves. True to its own subject, Shapeshifters combines Francis's lyrical imagination and deep knowledge of medicine and the humanities for a life-altering read.

Author Details

Author Details

Francis, Gavin

Gavin Francis is a physician and the award-winning author of four books, including Adventures in Human Being, which has been translated in fifteen languages; Empire Antarctica; and True North. A regular contributor to the London Review of Books, Guardian, and New York Review of Books, Francis lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.