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Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun

The New Science of Sunlight and How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds

by Linda Geddes
Publication Date: 25/04/2019
Since the dawn of time, humans have worshipped the sun. And with good reason.

Our biology is set up to work in partnership with the sun. From our sleep cycles to our immune systems and our mental health, access to sunlight is crucial for living a happy and fulfilling life. New research suggests that our sun exposure over a lifetime - even before we were born - may shape our risk of developing a range of different illnesses, from depression to diabetes. Chasing the Sun explores the extraordinary significance of sunlight. As more of us move into light-polluted cities, spending our days in dim offices and our evenings watching brightly lit screens, we are in danger of losing something vital: our connection to the star that gave us life. It's a loss that could have far-reaching consequences that we're only just beginning to grasp.

"This is a sparkling and illuminating study, one of those rare books that could genuinely improve your life." SUNDAY TIMES

"Readable and frequently fascinating ... Geddes's lovely book will fill you with longing for bright summer days, blue skies and a baking hot sun dispensing vitamin D and happiness to all who bask in its glow. Roll on, summer!" TIMES

"Dazzling ... Geddes is at her best when explaining complexities in accessible terms." NEW SCIENTIST
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Publication Date:
W F Howes Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Linda Geddes

Linda Geddes is a science journalist who specialises in biology, medicine and technology.

She has worked as both news editor and reporter for New Scientist magazine, and has received numerous awards for her journalism, including the Association of British Science Writers' award for Best Investigative Journalism.

She is also the author of Bumpology: The Myth-Busting Pregnancy Book for Curious Parents-To-Be.

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