Curvology | Granta

  • Published: 07/01/2016
  • ISBN: 9781846275524
  • 129x20mm
  • 240 pages


David Bainbridge

In Curvology, Cambridge Veterinary Anatomist David Bainbridge applies the science of evolutionary biology to women’s bodies, to explain why the human female is the only female animal to have curves and how these curves rule our lives, by influencing not only sexual selection but also social hierarchy and self-image. Written in lucid and engaging prose, Bainbridge’s unique brand of popular science also draws on illuminating references from zoology, art history, contemporary media culture, and a range of first-person interviews with some actual human women. Offering a level-headed and fresh perspective on a contentious issue, Curvology is a fascinating, controversial, and highly newsworthy read.

A well-rounded argument on fat, form and fertility... illuminating

Evening Standard



An engrossing study... fascinating and persuasive

Sunday Times

The Author

David Bainbridge was trained in veterinary surgery and zoology at Cambridge University, where he now teaches Clinical Veterinary Anatomy. He is the author of four previous books: on pregnancy, on the biology of sex and sexuality, on the brain, and most recently Teenagers (Portobello, 2009).

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