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Pages: 352
Subject: Popular Science, Humour
Imprint: Oneworld


Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Mary Roach

Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014

In her fantastically disgusting international bestseller, Mary Roach dives into the strange wet miracles of science that operate inside us after every meal 
9781780749891 (18 Aug 2016)
RRP £10.99

The Book

Eating is the most pleasurable, gross, necessary, unspeakable biological process we undertake. But very few of us realise what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal - let alone have pondered the results (of the research). How have physicists made crisps crispier? What do laundry detergent and saliva have in common? Was self-styled ‘nutritional economist' Horace Fletcher right to persuade millions of people that chewing a bite of shallot seven hundred times would yield double the vitamins? 

In her trademark, laugh-out-loud style, Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, beer and pet-food tasters, stomach slugs, potato crisp engineers, enema exorcists, rectum-examining prison guards, competitive hot dog eaters, Elvis' doctor, and many more as she investigates the beginning, and the end, of our food.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science, Humour
Pages 352
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Mary Roach is the bestselling author of several popular science books. She has written for the Guardian, Wired, BBC Focus, GQ and Vogue and many other publications. She lives in California.


‘The funniest book [of the year] by far... almost every page made me laugh out loud.' 

- Sunday Times, Best Science Books of 2013

‘Witty, illuminating and at times astonishing.'

- Mail on Sunday

‘Witty [and] enjoyable'

- Independent on Sunday

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

- Sunday Telegraph, paperback review

‘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

'Far away her funniest and most sparkling book'

- New York Times

‘Engrossingly gross'

- Scotsman

'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

‘Disgustingly good... Roach takes a superbly witty prod at our innards.'

- The Times

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

- Evening Standard

'A wonderful read'

- BBC Focus

'Joyously funny and intrepidly smart'

- Saga

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