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 essays are based on the BBC Radio 3 series 'A Body of Essays'. Listen to series 3, which includes episodes from Imtiaz Dharker, Abi Curtis, AL Kennedy, Kayo Chingonyi and Patrick McGuiness now.

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. With its beautiful black and gold cover, this little hardback makes the perfect present for a non-fiction lover.

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Listen to a clip of Naomi Alderman, author of The Power and Women's Prize for Fiction winner, below.