The Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
with Rose George
Why is blood such a taboo subject? In Nine Pints, Guardian journalist and acclaimed writer Rose George begins by donating to the NHS Blood and Transport Service. From there, she spans science and politics, storytelling and global epidemics to tell an astonishing account of this life-giving substance.
‘An absorbing, vital book by one of the best non-fiction writers working today.’ –The Guardian
‘Among the best nonfiction books of this century’ – Dwight Garner, The New York Times on The Big Necessity
Read an extract from Nine Pints, published in Granta: https://granta.com/nine-pints/
Rose George is the author of A Life Removed: Hunting for Refuge in the Modern World (long-listed for the Ulysses Reportage Prize), The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste (Portobello, 2008; shortlisted for the BMA Book Prize) and Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything (Portobello, 2013; winner of a Mountbatten Maritime Award), and Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood (Portobello, 2018). Rose writes frequently for the Guardian, New Statesman and many other publications, and her two TED talks, on sanitation and seafaring, have had 3 million views. rosegeorge.com
Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, is renowned for her intrepid work on topics that are invisible but vitally important. In Nine Pints, she takes us from ancient practices of bloodletting to the breakthough of the “liquid biopsy,” which promises to diagnose cancer and other diseases with a simple blood test. She introduces Janet Vaughan, who set up the world’s first system of mass blood donation during the Blitz, and Arunachalam Muruganantham, known as “Menstrual Man” for his work on sanitary pads for developing countries. She probes the lucrative business of plasma transfusions, in which the US is known as the “OPEC of plasma.” And she looks to the future, as researchers seek to bring synthetic blood to a hospital near you.
Spanning science and politics, stories and global epidemics, Nine Pints reveals our life’s blood in an entirely new light. Read more
‘…Jaws will activate, the hundreds of teeth will engage, the leech will begin to eat, and its meal is your blood. Are you wading through a tropical pond in fierce humidity?’ – Rose George, The Guardian
10 stomachs, 32 brains and 18 testicles – a day inside the UK’s only leech farm – (The Guardian, 2018)
‘This absorbing, vital book by one of the best non-fiction writers working today is a wonder in its own right.’ – Sarah Ditum, The Guardian
‘Nine Pints by Rose George review – all about blood’ – (The Guardian, 2018)
Read an excerpt of Nine Pints, here.
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