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Titles by the Same Author

0701186895
Book:Empire Antarctica, ice, silence & emperor penguins:2012 Book
Author: Francis, Gavin
Year: 2012
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: It is said to be one of our oldest stories: a young man goes to a far-off land in search of a mythical and wondrous beast. For years, Gavin Francis yearned to go to the remotest place on our planet, to see one of the strangest beasts alive. This is how he came to spend 14 months living alongside emperor penguins as the base-camp doctor at Halley.
260 p. ; 23 cm (hbk)
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1781257744
Book:Shapeshifters, a doctor's notes on medicine & human change:2019 Book
Author: Francis, Gavin
Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Book
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Profile Books
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Wellcome Collection, 2018 Our minds and bodies change constantly - we dream and laugh, wax and wane, distort and repair, grow taller and shrink, flourish and decay as we make our way through life. Some of these changes we have little choice about - we can't avoid puberty, the menopause, or even death. Others are specific to the individual, inhabiting that strange hinterland between mind and body, imposed by the savage perfectionism of anorexia or the internal pressures of plastic surgery addicts. And still others are rare, almost magical in their manifestations, such as the sun-sensitivity and facial hair that characterises Porphyria suffers and led to them, once upon a time, to be suspected as werewolves. Mixing case studies with observations about history, art, literature, myth and magic, Gavin Francis explores the various ways in which change is the very essence of being human.
281 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1786898187
Book:Island dreams, mapping an obsession:2020 Book
Author: Francis, Gavin
Year: 2020
Language: English
Type: Book
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Canongate
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Gavin Francis examines our collective fascination with islands. He blends stories of his own travels with psychology, philosophy and great voyages from literature, shedding new light on the importance of islands and isolation in our collective consciousness. Comparing the life of freedom of thirty years of extraordinary travel from the Faroe Islands to the Aegean, from the Galapagos to the Andaman Islands with a life of responsibility as a doctor, community member and parent approaching middle age, 'Island Dreams' riffs on the twinned poles of rest and motion, independence and attachment, never more relevant than in today's perennially connected world.
246 pages, illustrations (colour), maps (black and white, and colour) ; 22 cm (hbk)
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1781253420
Book:Adventures in human being:2016 Book
Author: Francis, Gavin
Author: Wellcome Trust
Year: 2016
Language: English
Type: Book
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Profile Books
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Published in association with Wellcome Collection Originally published: 2015 We have a lifetime's association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. In 'Adventures in Human Being', Gavin Francis leads the reader on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot. Drawing on his own experiences as a doctor and GP, he blends first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia.
251 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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