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    DescriptionThroughout history man has revered his penis as his 'most precious ornament'. Yet, ambivalently, his penis has always been the source of man's deepest neuroses too. Do women find it, in the erect state, inherently ridiculous? Why can't a man be certain his penis will stand and deliver when he commands? If and when it steadfastly refuses, what can he do to remedy the situation? And then, of course, there's the matter of size...To possess a penis, Sophocles said, is to be 'chained to a madman'. "God's Doodle" examines the schizophrenic relationship between man and this madman - and the joint relationship this odd couple has with the female sex. "God's Doodle" is the tale of the penis and the ups and downs of history - the macabre and the bloodcurdling, the funny and the sad, distilled from myth, world cultures, religion, literature, science, medicine and contemporary life - all told with mordant wit.


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    Title
    God's Doodle
    Subtitle
    The Life and Times of the Penis
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Hickman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224095532
    ISBN 10: 0224095536
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: WZG, WH, VFVC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.2
    BIC E4L: FAM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11800
    BISAC V2.8: HEA042000, MED082000
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 612.61609
    Thema V1.0: WZG, WH, VFVC
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    SQUARE PEG
    Publication date
    03 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Tom Hickman has worked as a journalist on national magazines, newspapers and for the BBC. His books include a biography of Churchill's wartime bodyguard; the story of the BBC during World War Two; the experience of the Bevin Boys, sent to work in the coalmines during it; and of post-war National Service after it. He has also written a history of changing sexual mores during the 20th century.
    Review quote
    "Tom Hickman tells the story of [the penis'] ups and downs with enthusiasm and a mostly straight face in "God's Doodle", a biography of what the dust jacket calls man's "most precious ornament". Mr Hickman goes, like so many men have gone before, where the penis takes him, and in the process answers a number of questions. Did Shylock want to castrate Antonio in "The Merchant of Venice"? Possibly. Is ingesting semen harmful? Quite the opposite. Mr Hickman claims it could protect against breast cancer. Where does Viagra get its name? Through the fusion of "virility" and "Niagara", as in the falls. "God's Doodle" is a seminal work." The Economist "Hickman has a dry, wry, light-on-his-feet style...enjoyably witty" Metro "The perfect man book, brimming with funny facts" -- Antonia Charlesworth Big Issue, North "Tom Hickman tells the story of its ups and downs with enthusiasm and a mostly straight face" The Economist