By Bill Bryson – Hardback  £25.00

At the beginning of the new decade, we could all take some time to marvel at what our body accomplishes every day, going forwards in forming our goals for the new year. It serves as a perfect mix of biological directive, historical medical enlightenment about every facet of the human body and philosophical musings surrounding the corporal form. Indeed, it is a long read: but for its heavy material, the explanations are light and witty. As we move into the murky territory of January wellness fads, I found this to be a grounding read that cements historical and scientific knowledge together for insight, but moreover wonder at our functions.