Out May 2018

From birth to death, a lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human life

“Stylish and exhilarating... from a wide-ranging mind and a profound humanity. Each piece is a pleasure to read, and in sum they are inspiring.”

Hilary Mantel

“A wonderful series of meditations - clinical, anthropological, literary and deeply humane - on his patients and their illnesses.”

Henry Marsh

“Provocative and important... Francis ranges broadly to describe altered human states and selves. He delves into medical history, and, with equal ease, into medical case studies, to reveal how humans are capable of changing our bodies and minds.”

Siddhartha Mukherjee

“Wonderful, with a deep feeling for language. A writer-physician who sees the drama and beauty in human life.”

Annie Dillard

To be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo–such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing-and those that only some of our bodies will: like getting a tattoo, experiencing psychosis, suffering anorexia, being pregnant, or undergoing a gender transition. In Francis’s hands, each event becomes an opportunity to explore the meaning of identity and the natures-biological, psychological, and philosophical-of our selves. True to its own subject, Shapeshifters combines Francis’s lyrical imagination and deep knowledge of medicine and the humanities for a life-altering read.

Foreign rights: US: Basic Books; Netherlands: Niewuzijds; Russia: Эксмо; China: CITIC; Japan: Misuzu Shobo;

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