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BOOK OF THE WEEK; GULP: ADVENTURES ON THE ALIMENTARY CANAL BY MARY ROACH ONEWORLD PUBLICATIONS PS11.99.

Byline: MARY ROACH

You know you're in for an adventure when an author begins: "The pie hole and the feed chute are mine."

Mary Roach is the author of Popular Science best-sellers Stiff, about the curious lives of human cadavers, and Packing for Mars, the science of life in the void.

Roach uses her investigative skills as a journalist, and her childlike fascination with her environment, to bring a plethora of stomach-churning topics and belly laughs to the reader.

The digestive tract and the alimentary canal didn't sound like the most enticing subject matter, but Roach finds a way to navigate her topic in a manner akin to the Fantastic Voyage.

Roach begins in the pleasant world of smell (dogs prefer this even more than the wind in their hair when they stick their snout out of the car window) and taste (why do we shun brains and sweetbreads? Babies apparently love bone marrow).

The next phase in the process is the (quite fun) mastication and the (somewhat horrifying) saliva.

Moving on, Roach tries to determine the possibility of surviving being eaten alive, if you can eat yourself to death and, of course, flatulence research.

I can assure you, one moment you'll squirm, the next you'll guffaw. Emma Walton Waterstones, Argyle St

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 9, 2013
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