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Suffer and Survive: The Extreme Life of J.S. Haldane Paperback – 6 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743285972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743285971
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 880,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Goodman was born in Leicester, and has lived and worked in China, Qatar, the USA, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and France. Travel forms a large part of his writing: both for strictly travel-related books and also for novels and biographies. His writing takes on spirituality (holy women; shamanism; sacred space; spiritual traditions) while other themes are the inheritance of war: how the effects of war are passed on down the generations; and the never-say-die story, characters living out their beliefs against the odds. His first novel ON BENDED KNEES was shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, and his most recent biography SUFFER AND SURVIVE won 1st Prize, Basis of Medicine in the BMA Book Awards 2008. He is the Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull, where he also directs the Philip Larkin Centre. He lives in Hull and London.

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A fascinating portrait of an indomitable Victorian who deserves to be better understood and celebrated. -- Daily Mail

Fascinating ... Goodman writes enchantingly -- The Literary Review

Goodman has a novelist's eye for evocative detail that lesser writers might miss and the result is as compelling as a historical novel
-- The Times

Highly enjoyable tribute to a pioneer who enabled the human body to survive at the extremes of modern life. -- Nature

Martin Goodman's vivid biography, often surprisingly funny, is a darn good yarn about a darn good man. -- The Scotsman

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Martin Goodman is the acclaimed author of many works of both fiction and non-fiction. His novel On Bended Knees (1992) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award, and he has written for, among others, the Guardian, Financial Times and New York Observer. Martin also teaches Creative Writing at Plymouth University. He currently lives in north London. His website is www.martingoodman.com.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. R. Lewis on 9 Oct. 2009
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Why have we waited so long for a biography of Haldane? He was an intrepid investigator of mine disasters during the late Victorian period, and his work not only saved lives, but advanced knowledge of the way our bodies work. He pinpointed the way in which carbon monoxide acts as such a virulent poison, by combining with haemoglobin of the blood much more actively than oxygen, so depriving the body of its vital support. It was he who introduced the canary as an indicator of the deadly gas, simply because the small bird reacts so much more quickly that it gives warning of a problem in the air. Haldane also warned of the problem of breathing silica dust, leading to the disease of silicosis, which killed many miners and quarry workers. His research was ground breaking, and life saving. Indeed, it was said of him that he had saved more lives than the rest of the medical profession put together. He received little recognition from his academic peers, except towards the end of his long life, but much recognition from the miners. His methods of research, usually using himself as a guinea pig for experimentation remain an inspiration to all medical researchers. Martin Goodman should be praised for his excellent book on the life of John Haldane, both for describing his scientific achievements and his vibrant personal life.
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By M. Elce on 30 Jan. 2015
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