Gulp – Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, is the perfect book for my blog! This is a wonderful lighthearted trip down the digestive tract with lots of fun, facts and interesting comments. Mary writes genuinely funny chapters on diverse subjects such as designing pet food (your pet is not like you – really, you should read this), how to survive being swallowed alive to the exploits of surgeon William Beaumont who experimented on the hapless Alexis St Martin who was left with a fistula from his stomach to the surface of his skin after a shooting – facilitating many a gruesome experiment. Sounds a bit ghastly but Mary treats each subject in such a cheerful way you really wouldn’t know it.
Just the ticket if you have some spare Christmas cash left over – I read the book in less than a weekend, couldn’t put it down and couldn’t stop laughing. I will leave you with a taster from the back of her book
“How have physicists made crisps crispier? What do laundry detergent and saliva have in common? Was self-styled ‘nutritional economist’ Horace Fletcher right to persuade millions of people that chewing a bite of shallot 700 times would yield double the vitamins? Did Elvis actually die of constipation?”
Now – tell me you are not even a little interested?