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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 8 edition (7 Sept. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780229070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780229072
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 198 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I very much enjoyed and admired . . . A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived (Bill Bryson OBSERVER Books of the Year 2016)

An effervescent work, brimming with tales and confounding ideas carried in the "epic poem in our cells". The myriad storylines will leave you swooning . . . Rutherford, a trained geneticist, is an enthusiastic guide (Colin Grant GUARDIAN)

A thoroughly entertaining history of Homo sapiens and its DNA in a manner that displays popular science writing at its best (Robin McKie OBSERVER)

A brilliant, authoritative, surprising, captivating introduction to human genetics. If you know little about the human story, you will be spellbound. If you know a lot about the human story, you'll be spellbound. It's that good (Brian Cox)

Adam Rutherford's book is well-written, stimulating and entertaining. What's more important, he consistently gets it right (Richard Dawkins)

If you are ethnically British, one thing is certain: your ancestors definitely had sex with Neanderthals. On the other hand, they probably didn't have sex with Vikings, who, it turns out, did a fair bit more pillaging than raping. And, depending on the flakiness of your earwax, it is just conceivable that your relatives' unattractiveness to hairy and horned invaders was related to their body odour. DNA is fragile, confusing and contains a lot of pointless data. But unlike other accounts of human history it doesn't lie. Adam Rutherford's soaring book is an exposition of what this new science really tells us about who we are (Tom Whipple THE TIMES)

One of the most extraordinary things about this book is its sheer breadth. Rutherford, a writer and geneticist, weaves from our genes a fascinating tapestry of human history from its most primitive origins to its sophisticated present, and beyond ... The writing is concise and often funny, and Rutherford never takes himself or his subject too seriously ... It is one of those rare books that you'll finish thinking you haven't wasted a single second (Brad Davies INDEPENDENT)

Magisterial, informative and delightful (Peter Frankopan)

Rutherford takes off on an extraordinary adventure, following the wandering trail of DNA across the globe and back in time. And on the way, he reveals what DNA can - and can't - tell us about ourselves, our history and our deep evolutionary heritage. From the Neanderthals to the Vikings, from the Queen of Sheba to Richard III, Rutherford goes in search of our ancestors, tracing the genetic clues deep into the past . . . Wide-ranging, witty, full of surprises and studded with sparkling insights - Rutherford uncovers the epic history of the human species, written in DNA (Alice Roberts)

A captivating delight. With witty, authoritative and profound prose, Adam Rutherford tackles the biggest of issues - where we came from, and what makes us who we are. He does more than any author to cut through the confusion around genetics, and to reveal what modern genetics has to say about our identity, history and future (Ed Yong)

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A dazzling tour of the latest genetic discoveries which are blurring the boundaries between science and history - 'Brilliant, authoritative, surprising, captivating' BRIAN COX

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