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Beneath the Skin

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Introduction by: Thomas Lynch
Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Pages: 192
Subject: Health & Wellbeing, Biography & Memoir
Illustrations: Integrated b&w images

Beneath the Skin

Great Writers on the Body

Ned Beauman, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Lynch, Philip Kerr, Various, A. L. Kennedy, Chibundu Onuzo

Fifteen talented writers each explore a different body part in this funny and moving collection

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788160957 (Published 25 Oct 2018)
£12.99

About the book

Our bodies all have stories to tell - and who better to tell them than fifteen of the world's finest writers?


Buried beneath layers of flesh, our hearts pump, our lungs inflate, our kidneys filter. These organs, and others, are essential to our survival but remain largely unknown to us.

In Beneath the Skin, fifteen writers each explore a different body part: Naomi Alderman unravels the intestines and our obsession with food; Thomas Lynch celebrates the womb as a miracle; AL Kennedy explores the nose's striking ability to conjure memories; and Philip Kerr traces the remarkable history of brain surgery


The human stomach, we discover, contains as many brain cells as a cat has in its head. The lungs weigh about the same as a loaf of bread. A traumatic memory can show itself on the skin. Moving, comical and often unexpected, this is an awe-inspiring voyage through the mysterious landscape of our bodies.

Based on the BBC Radio 3 series 'A Body of Essays'

About the author

Naomi Alderman is the author of Bailey's Prize winning The Power (2016).
Ned Beauman is the author of Boxer, Beetle (2010) and The Teleportation Accident (2012).
William Fiennes is the author of The Music Room (2009) and The Snow Geese (2002).
Philip Kerr is the author of thirty novels, including the bestselling Bernie Gunther thrillers.
Mark Ravenhillis a playwright and author of Shopping and Fucking (1996).
Annie Freud is a poet.
Daljit Nagra is Poet in Residence for BBC Radio 4.
Christina Patterson is a writer, broadcaster and columnist, and author of The Art of Not Falling Apart.
Chibundo Onuzo is a Nigerian novelist.
Thomas Lynch is a poet, essayist and undertaker.
Patrick McGuinness is an academic, critic, novelist, and poet.
AL Kennedy is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction, academic and stand-up comedian.
Kayo Chingonyi is a poet and the author.
Abi Curtis is a poet, writer, and Professor of Creative Writing.
Imtiaz Dharker is a Pakistan-born British poet, artist and documentary filmmaker. Beneath the Skin is published in association with Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death.

Additional Information

Introduction by: Thomas Lynch
Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Pages: 192
Subject: Health & Wellbeing, Biography & Memoir
Illustrations: Integrated b&w images
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