`This book was a revelation; I couldn't stop reading.' -- Danny Katz * The Saturday Age * `The 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
* `Gut caused a floodlight to turn on my head ... From this realisation, I developed my interest in fermented foods and drinks.' -- Jo Webster * Wondergut * `A quirky tour of the gastro-intestinal tract.' * Sunday Herald * `An amazing romp down our alimentary canal.' * New Scientist `Best Books of 2015' * `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 * `The world's most surprising page-turner.' -- Anna Murphy * The Times * `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 * `[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 * Guardian * `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 * `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 * `[Gut] had me laughing aloud.' -- Debora MacKenzie * New Scientist * `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 * `[Enders is] a publishing sensation ... There is something compelling and refreshing about her curiosity and popular approach.` -- Simon Usbourne * Independent * `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 * `Giulia Enders has a warm and simple prose style and her sister's illustrations are delightful.' -- William Cook * Spectator * `Enders' gut manifesto calls on its readers to celebrate their lower bodies' achievements, rather than apologise for them.' -- Philip Oltermann * Guardian * `Both funny and informative, a brilliant examination of one of our most complex - and underappreciated - organs.' * The Observer * `A publishing sensation that ... sets out to free toilet talk from its taboo' * The Times *
WINNER OF THE 2016 AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS, INTERNATIONAL BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 BRITISH BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS, NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 'BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY BOOK'
A Sunday Times bestseller
The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us.
Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and — let’s be honest — somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy. And scientists are only just discovering quite how much it has to offer; new research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer’s.
Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research, and going on to explain everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, Enders has written an entertaining, informative health handbook. Gut definitely shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings.
In this charming book, young scientist Giulia Enders takes us on a fascinating tour of our insides. Her message is simple — if we treat our gut well, it will treat us well in return. But how do we do that? And why do we need to? Find out in this surprising, and surprisingly funny, exploration of the least understood of our organs.
PRAISE FOR GIULIA ENDERS
‘A publishing sensation that … sets out to free toilet talk from its taboo’ The Times
‘Enders’ gut manifesto calls on its readers to celebrate their lower bodies’ achievements, rather than apologise for them’ The Guardian