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Newham Bookshop events at The Wanstead Tap, Spring 2024
  • Thursday 7 Mar at 7.30 pm

    Jon Cruddas
    A Century of Labour

  • Saturday 9 Mar at 7.30 pm

    Michael Rosen
    Going Through It

  • Tuesday 12 Mar at 7.30 pm

    Mary McGlory & Sylvia Saunders: The Liverbirds

  • Thursday 14 Mar at 7.30 pm

    Lynne Jones: Sorry for the Inconvenience…

  • Wednesday 20 March at 7.30 pm

    Ladies Who London LIVE!
    with Leo Hollis: Inheritance

  • Thursday 18 April at 7.30 pm

    Sarah Wise
    The Undesirables

  • Thursday 25 April at 7.30 pm

    Andrew Whitehead
    A Devilish Kind Of Courage

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Conway Hall event – order a copy of Being Human
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Being Human by Lewis Dartnell
Being Human is published by The Bodley Head in hardback at £22.

Lewis Dartnell

Being Human

How Our Biology Shaped World History

Being Human is history made flesh. Our biology will change how you see the world.

How did haemophilia bring down the Russian royal family? And scurvy give rise to the Mafia? We are a wonder of evolution.

Our exceptional abilities created life as we know it, but we’re also deeply flawed. This extraordinary contradiction between our faculties and frailties is the essence of what it means to be human. And history has played out in the balance between them.

Here, Lewis Dartnell tells our story through the lens of this uniquely fragile nature for the first time. From cognitive biases to endemic diseases, he explores how human biology has shaped relationships, societies, economies and wars across the globe – and considers how, importantly, it continues to challenge and define our progress.

“Illuminating.” — Tim Marshall.

“A gripping, red-blooded narrative from a master storyteller.” — Jo Marchant.

“Refreshing.” — Thomas Halliday.

“A wild ride.” — Tim Harford.

Praise for Lewis Dartnell:

“Stands comparison with Yuval Harari’s Sapiens… A thrilling piece of big history.” — Sunday Times on Origins.