Nine Pints

A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood

Rose George

Published: 1 August 2019
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781846276149

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Published: 25 October 2018
Trade Paperback, Royal PB
153x234mm, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781846276125

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Most humans contain between nine and twelve pints of blood. Here Rose George, who probably contains nine pints, tells nine different stories about the liquid that sustains us, discovering what it reveals about who we are. In Nepal, she meets girls challenging the taboos surrounding menstruation; in the Canadian prairies, she visits a controversial plasma clinic; in Wales she gets a tour of the UK's only leech farm to learn about the vital role the creatures still play in modern surgery; and in a London hospital she accompanies a medical team revolutionising the way we treat trauma.

Nine Pints reveals the richness and wonder of the potent red fluid that courses around our bodies, unseen but miraculous.


Astonishing... This absorbing, vital a wonder in its own rightSarah Ditum



‘George [...] as a journalist, not a doctor, has an even keener eye for the [body's] social and political qualities... George's nine chapters demonstrate that blood is a living tissue which defies our attempts to make it stand still’ Kate Womersley

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