Blood: the stuff of life, the stuff of nightmares, and one of the most expensive liquids on the planet.
Most humans contain between nine and 12 pints of blood. Writer Rose George, who probably contains nine pints, tells different stories about the liquid that sustains us, discovering what it reveals about who we are.
Learn how Rose, author of Nine Pints, met girls in Nepal challenging the taboos surrounding menstruation; visited a controversial plasma clinic in the Canadian prairies; toured the UK's only leech farm to learn about the ancient art of blood-letting and its modern revival in microsurgery; and accompanied a medical team revolutionising the way we treat trauma in a London hospital.
Join Rose as she reveals the richness and wonder of the potent red fluid that courses around our bodies, unseen but miraculous.
About the speaker
Rose George is the author of A Life Removed: Hunting for Refuge in the Modern World, and (for Portobello) The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste, which was judged one of the best books of 2008 by the Economist, and one of the top ten science books of the same year by the American Library Association.
Her other books include Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that brings you Ninety Percent of Everything, which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and won the Mountbatten Literature Award by the British Maritime Foundation.
Rose writes frequently for the Guardian, New Statesman, Scientific American, and many others, and her two TED talks, on sanitation and seafaring, have had nearly 3 million views.