The Body — A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

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“Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design.” The Washington Post 

"Fascinating." — NPR

"A directory of wonders. . .Extraordinary. . . A tour of the minuscule; it aims to do for the human body what his A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science. . .The prose motors gleefully along, a finely tuned engine running on jokes, factoids and biographical interludes. . .Wry, companionable, avuncular and always lucid . . .[The Body] could stand as an ultimate prescription for life." — The Guardian

With The Body — A Guide for Occupants, bestselling author Bill Bryson, of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes you on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner’s manual for everybody.

The Body  — A Guide for Occupants will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted."

Written in the true Bryson style of making any subject both enjoyable and edifying, The Body — A Guide for Occupants will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

The Body — A Guide for Occupants is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody.


  • Condition: New
  • Format: Hardback
  • Published: October 15, 2019
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • ISBN-13: 9780385539302
  • Pages: 464
  • Dimensions: 9.25" H x 2.00" D x 6.25" W
  • Rating:★★★★1/2 


    BILL BRYSON’s bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, Notes From a Small IslandThe Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything (which won the Aventis Prize in Britain and the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award).

    Bryson was chancellor of Durham University, England’s third oldest university, from 2005 to 2011, and is an honorary fellow of Britain’s Royal Society.