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The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives Hardcover – 25 Feb. 2016

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A spellbinding account of the UK's pioneering cohort studies ... [A] cogent, persuasive book (Robin McKie Observer)

An elegant mix of science and human drama, The Life Project was - by a considerable measure in my view - the best science book published this year (Robin McKie, Best Science Books of 2016 Observer)

Highly enjoyable ... Reading this book has reminded me of how much we owe to birth cohorts and their participants ... Delightful (Kate Pickett author of The Spirit Level)

Fascinating ... [The Life Project lays] devastatingly bare the collapse of social mobility in the past few decades (Dominic Sandbrook Daily Mail)

Intriguing ... [A] fine, detailed book (Jenni Russell, 'Must Reads' Sunday Times)

[An] eye-opening book ... Part scientific narrative and part postwar social history, along with some fantastically cut-throat academic politics ... A very British success story (Isabel Berwick Financial Times)

Fascinating (Alice Jones Independent)

The Life Project is in many ways a very British story ... Absorbing ... A tribute to Helen Pearson's skill as a writer (Keith Kahn-Harris Independent)

[The Life Project] is hugely engaging, and gives much to chew on (Nick Curtis Evening Standard)

Fascinating ... A cogent exploration of Britain's groundbreaking birth-cohort studies ... The Life Project does a great service in bringing them and the people at their heart to life (Andrew Steptoe Nature)

About the Author

Helen Pearson is a science journalist and editor for the international science journal Nature. She has been writing for Nature since 2001 and her stories have won accolades including the 2010 Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award and two best feature awards from the Association of British Science Writers. Based in London, she has a PhD in genetics and spent eight years with Nature in New York. The Life Project is her first book, and was highly commended at the British Medical Association Book Awards in 2017.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly readable, formerly untold tale that makes utterly clear the importance of our beginnings in the trajectory of our lives
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read - finished in 2 nights - sad Social Mobility Remains a Myth in GB
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