Gut

Gut : the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ

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A Sunday Times bestseller



Our gut is as important as our brain or heart, yet we know very little about how it works and many of us are too embarrassed to ask questions.



In Gut, Giulia Enders breaks this taboo, revealing the latest science on how much our digestive system has to offer.



From our miraculous gut bacteria - which can play a part in obesity, allergies, depression and even Alzheimer's - to the best position to poo, this entertaining and informative health handbook shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 282g
  • London, Australia
  • English
  • B format edition - export only
  • 9781925228601
  • 5,919

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'Enders's wonder at the strange ways of the gut is matched only by her incredulity at the limited public knowledge on the subject.' -- Jesse Coburn * The New York Times * 'The revelation that each of us depends on our individual living world, with far more inhabitants than there are people on earth, is surely sensational.' -- Clive Cookson * Financial Times * [A] truly bottoms-up approach to our digestive health, smoothly moving us through the inner workings of our gastrointestinal tract. -- Dr Anish Sheth, author of What's Your Poo Telling You '[Enders] is utterly, charmingly obsessed with the gut, gut bacteria and poo. She writes and talks about her subject matter with such childlike enthusiasm it's infectious ... The perfect toilet book.' -- Annalisa Barbieri * The Guardian * '[Gut] had me laughing aloud.' -- Debora MacKenzie * New Scientist * 'A publishing sensation that ... sets out to free toilet talk from its taboo' * The Times * 'Both funny and informative, a brilliant examination of one of our most complex - and underappreciated - organs.' * The Observer * 'Enders' gut manifesto calls on its readers to celebrate their lower bodies' achievements, rather than apologise for them.' -- Philip Oltermann * The Guardian * 'Giulia Enders has a warm and simple prose style and her sister's illustrations are delightful.' -- William Cook * The Spectator * 'With a great sense of humour and ample enthusiasm, Enders explains everything readers did and didn't want to know about their innards ... this book defies boring.' * Publishers Weekly * 'Tthe title covers the entire digestive tract - from the mouth and tonsils to the esophagus to the small and large intestine, humorously lauding the elegance of the bowels. Along the way, the author covers myriad topics: the proper way to sit on a toilet, vomiting, constipation, feces facts, and the influence the gut has on the brain ... a conversational approach to learning about the digestive system.' -- Pauline Theriault * Library Journal * 'Giulia Enders takes a no-nonsense approach to bodily functions ... [Gut] reads like a breeze ... you can totally see why it's been massive.' * Grazia * 'The best book I've read in the past year is Gut by Giulia Enders. It explains all one needs to know about the digestive cycle in order to lead a healthier and happier life.' -- Interview with Claud Cecil Gurney * Financial Times * 'An amazing romp down our alimentary canal.' * New Scientist 'Best Books of 2015' * '[Enders is] a publishing sensation ... There is something compelling and refreshing about her curiosity and popular approach.' -- Simon Usbourne * Independent * 'A primer on poo ... Enders offers nuggets of wisdom on everything from the ideal position in which to evacuate your bowels to the science of faeces identification ... There are some fascinating insights here ... Food for thought.' * Independent on Sunday * 'This book is brilliant: it's so interesting about this massive, underrated organ we have. But it also asks fantastic questions about how the gut is linked to all sorts of things - not just allergies and sensitivities, but possible mental health. The thought that what we eat might affect our brains feels so astoundingly simple. And it's a really fun read too.' -- Emma Rice * The Guardian * 'The world's most surprising page-turner.' -- Anna Murphy * The Times * 'A quirky tour of the gastro-intestinal tract.' * Sunday Herald * 'This book was a revelation; I couldn't stop reading.' -- Danny Katz * The Saturday Age * 'Enders, a German research microbiologist, obviously adores her subject matter ... [her] project is to show how those essential functions of the human body that some people may consider unseemly or unspeakable are in fact wondrous and worthy of exultation.' -- Karen Hitchcock * Weekend Australian * 'Gut has more to offer than potty-language and a sense of humor ... It's hard not to be awed by Enders' vast knowledge of anatomy and microbiology and share her fascination with the 100 trillion tiny creatures in our tummies.' * Beauty and Wellbeing * 'Gut caused a floodlight to turn on my head ... From this realisation, I developed my interest in fermented foods and drinks.' -- Jo Webster * Wondergut * 'This primer is everything you ever wanted to know about the gut (and then some), chattily and accessibly written in a uniquely Millennial and matter of fact way. An unexpected page turner ... Her excitement about the subject matter is infectious. The fun yet informative black and white drawings throughout are her sister's handiwork. Refreshingly devoid of recipes, or any self help-y language.' * Self Magazine * 'Gut's probe into the human digestive system might be seen as an earnest younger sibling to Gulp, Mary Roach's 2013 investigation into the same subject. The comparison isn't meant as a slight; Enders swaps out Roach's knowing wryness with a kind of puplike enthusiasm for the complex mechanisms that convert food into a body's energy and waste without our even thinking about it.' * The National Post * 'Giulia Enders takes a deep dive into the fascinating connection between the gut and brain ... a must read.' * Press Association *
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About Giulia Enders

Giulia Enders received her medical degree from the University in Frankfurt am Main. She is a resident doctor for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.


She is a double scholarship holder of the Wilhelm-und-Else-Heraeus-Foundation. In 2012 she won the first prize of the Science Slam in Berlin, Karlsruhe and Freiburg with her lecture 'Darm Mit Charme', which became a hit on youtube. Her book Darm Mit Charme has won several awards. Additionally, she was a columnist for Die Ziet.

David Shaw works as a journalist for Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, as well as translating from several languages, including German, Dutch, Russian, and French. He lives in Berlin.
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3 19% (7,256)
2 4% (1,424)
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