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              Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins
               

              Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (Paperback)

              By Francis, Gavin

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              Following the penguins throughout the year - from a summer of perpetual sunshine to months of winter darkness, this title explores a world of great beauty conjured from the simplest elements, the hardship of living at 50degreeC below zero and the unexpected comfort that the pengu...in community bring.
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              ISBN 9780099565963
              Released NZ 15 Nov 2013
              Publisher Vintage
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins
                

              Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (EPUB ebook)

              By Francis, Gavin

              For years, Gavin Francis yearned to go to the remotest place on our planet, to see one of the strangest beasts alive. This is the story of one man and his obsession with a continent, mapping not only a place but landscapes of the mind.

              ISBN 9781446484821
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              Language en
              Released NZ 1 Nov 2012
              Publisher Random House
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              Adventures in Human Being

              Adventures in Human Being (Paperback, Main)

              By Francis, Gavin

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              Oliver Sacks meets Bear Grylls in this unique voyage around the human body, from the prize-winning author of Empire Antarctica. Now available in paperback.

              ISBN 9781781253427
              Released NZ 24 Feb 2016
              Publisher Profile Books Ltd
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Wellcome Collection
              Language (English)
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              Shapeshifters: A Doctor's Notes on Medicine & Human Change

              Shapeshifters: A Doctor's Notes on Medicine & Human Change (Hardback, Main)

              By Francis, Gavin

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              Our minds and bodies change constantly - we dream and laugh, wax and wane, distort and repair, grow taller and shrink, flourish and decay as we make our way through life. Some of these changes we have little choice about - we can't avoid puberty, the menopause, or even death. Oth...ers are specific to the individual, inhabiting that strange hinterland between mind and body, imposed by the savage perfectionism of anorexia or the internal pressures of plastic surgery addicts. And still others are rare, almost magical in their manifestations, such as the sun-sensitivity and facial hair that characterises Porphyria suffers and led to them, once upon a time, to be suspected as werewolves. Mixing case studies with observations about history, art, literature, myth and magic, and viewing with a humane and sensitive eye, Gavin Francis, author of the international bestseller Adventures in Human Being, explores the various ways in which change is the very essence of being human.
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              ISBN 9781781257739
              Released NZ 23 May 2018
              Publisher Profile Books Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Wellcome Collection
              Language (English)
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              Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession
               

              Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession (Hardback, Main)

              By Francis, Gavin

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              • Pub Date
                2 Jun 20

              An exploration of isolation and connectedness based on thirty years of travel, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Adventures in Human Being and Empire Antarctica

              ISBN 9781786898180
              Released NZ 2 Jun 2020
              Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
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              Shapeshifters: A Doctor's Notes on Medicine & Human Change

              Shapeshifters: A Doctor's Notes on Medicine & Human Change (Paperback, Main)

              By Francis, Gavin

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              To be alive is to be in perpetual change: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, award-winning writer and doctor Gavin Francis considers the transformations in mind and body that continue across the arc of human life. Some of these changes we have little choice abou...t. We can't avoid puberty, the menopause, or our hair turning grey. Others may be welcome milestones along our path - a much-wanted pregnancy, a cancer cured, or a long-awaited transition to another gender. We may find ourselves turning down dark paths, towards the cruel distortions of anorexia, or the shifting sands of memory loss. New technologies can upgrade us, and even without them our bodies can transform in rare, almost magical, ways - with gigantism, or the sun-sensitivity and facial hair that led porphyria sufferers, once upon a time, to be suspected as werewolves. Medicine now has unprecedented power to alter our lives, but that power has limitations. As he helps patients face transformations both temporary and sustained, Francis draws on history, art, literature, myth and magic to show how the very essence of being human is change.
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              ISBN 9781781257746
              Released NZ 1 Apr 2019
              Publisher Profile Books Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor

              A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor (Paperback, Main - Canons Edition)

              By Berger, John; Photographs by Mohr, Jean; Introduction by Francis, Gavin

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              In 1966 John Berger spent three months in the Forest of Dean shadowing an English country GP, John Sassall. Sassall is a fortunate man - his work occupies and fulfils him, he lives amongst the patients he treats, the line between his life and his work is happily blurred. This boo...k deals with his life and work.
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              ISBN 9781782115038
              Released NZ 24 Feb 2016
              Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
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              Series Canons
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              Shapeshifters: A Doctor's Notes on Medicine & Human Change
               

              Shapeshifters: A Doctor's Notes on Medicine & Human Change (EPUB ebook)

              By Francis, Gavin

              'Stylish and exhilarating... from a wide-ranging mind and a profound humanity... inspiring' Hilary Mantel 'A wonderful series of meditations - clinical, anthropological, literary and deeply humane - on his patients and their illnesses.' Henry MarshTimely, thought-provoking and el...oquent, brimming both with warmth and insight, he puts himself among the ranks of ... Oliver Sacks and Atul Gawande.' The TimesUnreliable bodies and shifting symptoms are all in a day's work for a GP.In his years of practising, Gavin Francis has seen it all: the promising law student trapped under the spell of anorexia; the bodybuilder whose use of illegal steroids threatens his fertility; the teenager agonising over the perplexing physical dramas of puberty; and the surprisingly upbeat woman growing a horn in the centre of her forehead.In Shapeshifters he draws on his patients' bodily transformations, both welcome and unwelcome, bringing together case histories and accounts from the history of medicine, art, literature, myth and magic to show how the very essence of being human is change.
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              ISBN 9781782833239
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              Released NZ 3 May 2018
              Publisher Profile
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              Series Wellcome Collection
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              Adventures in Human Being
               

              Adventures in Human Being (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Francis, Gavin

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              We assume we know our bodies intimately, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory, an enigma of bone and muscle, neurons and synapses. How many of us understand the way seizures affect the brain, how the heart is connected to well-being, or the why the foot holds the ke...y to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the hidden pathways of the human body, offering a guide to its inner workings and a celebration of its marvels. Drawing on his experiences as a surgeon, ER specialist, and family physician, Francis blends stories from the clinic with episodes from medical history, philosophy, and literature to describe the body in sickness and in health, in life and in death. When assessing a young woman with paralysis of the face, Francis reflects on the age-old difficulty artists have had in capturing human expression. A veteran of the war in Iraq suffers a shoulder injury that Homer first described three millennia ago in the Iliad. And when a gardener pricks her finger on a dirty rose thorn, her case of bacterial blood poisoning brings to mind the comatose sleeping beauties in the fairy tales we learn as children. At its heart, Adventures in Human Being is a meditation on what it means to be human. Poetic, eloquent, and profoundly perceptive, this book will transform the way you view your body.
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              ISBN 9780465096824
              Released NZ 25 Oct 2016
              Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
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              A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor
               

              A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor (EPUB ebook – Main)

              By Berger, John; Introduction by Francis, Gavin; Photographs by Mohr, Jean

              In 1966 the author spent three months in the Forest of Dean shadowing an English country GP, John Sassall. This is a portrait of one selfless individual and the rural community for which he became the hub. It is also a profound exploration of what it means to be a doctor, to serv...e a community and to heal.
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              ISBN 9781782115021
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              Language en
              Released NZ 5 Feb 2015
              Publisher Canongate Books
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              Series Canons
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