THE BODY: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson, narrated by the author

Despite its jokey title and a few quips, this is NOT a funny book. So if you are looking for Brysonian humor, you will be disappointed. It is, however, very interesting.  Bill Bryson takes us on a tour of our own bodies, using his wonderful prose style with its clever analogies, to make the machinery of our bodies come alive.

Some people will find the avalanche of facts off-putting. Others will be grateful that Bryson doesn’t repeat clichés and medical myths mindlessly, but does his own research.

The result is a tour de force of our bodies, that is so much more entertaining (as well as cheaper) than the average medical textbook. Five stars.