Whatever our creed or race, we all have nine pints or just over five litres of blood coursing through our veins. In nine fascinating chapters, investigative journalist Rose George - literally and figuratively - puts blood under the microscope. From plasma clinics to leech farms, from menstruation taboos to transfusion services, it's all here.
Entertaining and educational, this cultural and scientific examination of blood reflects comprehensive research and an enthusiastic engagement with this vital bodily fluid.
Less than half our members finished this book. Not a page turner, but very interesting in small bites. Research done - impressive!
The group was divided between those who disliked the book and found it boring, and others who thought it was a very interesting journalist and feminist account of blood. Some were disappointed that it didn't cover the nature of blood itself - as an organ. Others loved the leeches, the transfusion and menstruation details.
'Nine Pints' created much discussion, which veered towards the personal experiences of our members. It wasn't regarded highly but we did acknowledge the author's research and choices of the aspects of blood which we didn't know about.
Everyone felt it was a bit dense to start with, but as we progressed through the book, the different chapters were most informative and interesting.
Very challenging, but interesting - all learnt a lot. Some chapters very demanding, evoking much anger.
This is a well-written and fascinating book, which also has information very relevant to today's pandemic. Highly recommended.
Well researched and written; the author's personal anecdotes enhanced our appreciation. Insightful about cultural practices.
Interesting discussion including members' own experiences with blood transfusions. Enlightening history, especially about blood transfusions.
Comments ranged from :- incredible research, amazing facts, well-written, a bit depressing, great reading, too heavy. So, a mixed bunch, but a very interesting read.
Half of the group didn't open the book, but those who did were fascinated by the science and the sociological aspects of each section. Too many facts! But these could be skipped, and the personal approach of the author offered a delightful foil to the facts. Lively discussion of the sections, extended into the experiences of the group members shared.