Bill Bryson at The Barbican

Meet bestselling author Bill Bryson as he talks about his latest bestseller - 'The Body: A Guide for Occupants' - at the Life Lessons festival

The Barbican, London

Saturday 15th February, 2020 @ 7:45 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

The man who has explored the history of nearly everything has got to grips with the human body.  In this keynote, Bryson explores the human body, discusses our misconceptions of it and asks whether being knowledgeable is the start of being healthy.

This event is part of Life Lessons Festival, a weekend of big talks from big thinkers presented by The Sunday Times, featuring headline events in partnership with Penguin Live.

Venue Information

The Barbican
Silk St
United Kingdom

About the Book

The Body: A Guide for Occupants
The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson

Publisher:Transworld Publishers Ltd

Publication date:1 Oct 2019


4.24 out of 5
6 reviews
"Extraordinary stories about the heart, lungs, genitals ... plus some anger and life advice – all delivered in the inimitable Bryson style"
The Guardian
"Bill Bryson gleefully tackles all aspects of the human body in an entertaining, fact-packed guide"
The Sunday Times
"It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book, as Bryson sketches the history of lobotomies, phrenology and heart transplants."
The Daily Telegraph
"It’s fun to read because it’s not just comprehensive, but quirky."
The Times
"One of the strengths of Bryson’s delightful new book... is that it reveals the thousands of rarely acknowledged tasks our body takes care of as we go about our day"
The New York Times
"It is no mean feat to capture the essence of the human body and the history of medicine and modern clinical practice in a single volume, but Bryson manages it phenomenally well"
The Spectator

`We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.' Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself.