Why is Sex Fun?: Evolution of Human Sexuality

Why is Sex Fun?: Evolution of Human Sexuality

Audio cassette

By (author) Jared M. Diamond, Read by Emilia Fox, Read by Jared M. Diamond

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  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Audio cassette
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 140mm x 16mm | 130g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0752839837
  • ISBN 13: 9780752839837
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition
  • Illustrations note: Pack Pack

Product description

In Why is Sex Fun? Jared Diamond argues that, in our evolutionary history, humans' strange sex lives were as crucial to our rise to human status as our upright posture and large brain. He explores questions such as, 'Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do human have sex any day of the month or year? Why are human females one of the only mammals to go through the menopause?' Diamond concludes that, by the standards of the world's 4,300 species, we are the ones that are bizarre. Why is Sex Fun? is a delightfully entertaining and enlightening account of the evolutionary forces that have shaped our sex lives: of the book Diane Ackerman writes that it offers 'fascinating reading for anyone curious about why lovers do what they do'.

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Author information

Jared Diamond is Professor of Physiology at the Medical School of the University of California, Los Angeles. Trained in phsyiology, he later took up the study of ecology and has made fundamental contributions to both disciplines. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee (which won the British Science Book Prize in 1992) and Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the last 13,000 Years, also a winner in 1998. Emilia Fox, born in 1974, is the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David. She appeared in the BBC dramas Pride and Prejudice, Rebecca, Shooting the Past and David Copperfield. Emilia Fox appeared in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice whilst still at university, and has gone on to star in Rebecca, David Copperfield and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). She also reads regularly on Radio 4 and has recently taken over from Amanda Burton in the TV series Silent Witness. Other Orion audiobooks read by Emilia are The Magical Chidlrens series by Sally Gardner and Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve and Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.