Teenagers: A Natural History | Granta

  • Published: 07/01/2010
  • ISBN: 9781846271229
  • 129x20mm
  • 304 pages

Teenagers: A Natural History

David Bainbridge

During the second decade of human life, the body and brain undergo a profound and complex transformation, with emotions and intellect changing as rapidly and unpredictably as weight and height. These changes can be baffling – to teenagers and to those around them alike – but adolescence plays an important evolutionary role in who we become as adults and there are hard scientific facts behind the spots, the smells and the sexual experimentation, as well as the existential angst, the anger and the irresistible attraction to all the things that are bad for you. In clear, engaging and amiable prose, David Bainbridge explains the strange and wonderful science of the teenage years. And tells us just exactly what teenagers are for.

He moves with ease between biology, cultural history and natural history, and his wit enlivens every page

New York Times

The uncomfortable, not to say messy, transition from childish naivety to adulthood becomes a thing of fascination when viewed through the eyes of a practising vet ... Bainbridge's zoological approach takes the upheaval of adolescence and turns it into a choreography of interwoven steps that become the most important years of our lives

Ian Sample, Guardian

Bainbridge is a veterinary anatomist at Cambridge University and he clearly knows his science. This, along with an enviably lucid writing style, enables him to explain brain structure and physiology in an accessible way ... an illuminating exploration of adolescence

Bill Thompson, New Humanist

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). www.davidbainbridge.org

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