The human genome differs from chimpanzees by a measly 1.2 percent. We have the same number of hair follicles as many of the great apes. Like dolphins, many of us talk in our sleep; and, just like Flipper, sex isn’t only about reproduction. Just like mice, our faces grimace in pain. Like cows, we have regional accents. We can be loyal, like dogs. Aloof, like cats. We can hold grudges, like crows; and grieve, like whales. So, what’s so special about human beings and being human? From the physiological to the psychological, behavioural to philosophical, here are some books that unpack the complexities of what makes us, us.
Eagerly awaited, must-read new science book from the UK's bestselling non-fiction writer. Bryson is the prize-winning author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Road to Little Dribbling
How our primeval impulses shape our modern lives.
An extraordinary investigation into human nature, by one of the most eminent international human rights lawyers
Creative disruptor, inspirational speaker, and cocreator of the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress shows you how to sneak more creativity and imagination into your work and life.
A fascinating insight into the human body and what goes on behind the scenes of your daily routine
The fascinating story of our ability to converse from the 'David Attenborough of the acoustic realm' (Observer)
The Story of the Human Body asks how our bodies got to be the way they are, and considers how that evolutionary history - both ancient and recent - can help us evaluate how we use our bodies. And what is the human body's future?
A series of special editions of the best popular science books to explore the patterns of our planet. Designed by Patternity, the award-winning creative studio and pattern consultancy.
A practical and inspiring new book by the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.
A radical new theory of human rationality from two ground-breaking thinkers.
Exploring the many surprising facts and myths about our sense of touch, Linden reveals how it defines us - and how, by understanding it, we can better know ourselves.
A journey into the new frontier of how a single fertilised egg becomes a complex human being
At once authoritative and accessible, and infused with the author's trademark wit, this deeply insightful book is a stunning tribute to humanity's intellectual curiosity.
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.