Nine Pints

A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood

Rose George

Published: 25 October 2018
Trade Paperback, Royal PB
153x234mm, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781846276125


Most humans contain between nine and twelve pints of blood. Here Rose George, who probably contains nine pints, tells nine different stories about the liquid that sustains us, discovering what it reveals about who we are. In Nepal, she meets girls challenging the taboos surrounding menstruation; in the Canadian prairies, she visits a controversial plasma clinic; in Wales she gets a tour of the UK's only leech farm to learn about the vital role the creatures still play in modern surgery; and in a London hospital she accompanies a medical team revolutionising the way we treat trauma.

Nine Pints reveals the richness and wonder of the potent red fluid that courses around our bodies, unseen but miraculous.

About the author

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Rose George is the author of A Life Removed: Hunting for Refuge in the Modern World (long-listed for the Ulysses Reportage Prize), The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste (Portobello, 2008; shortlisted for the BMA Book Prize) and Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything (Portobello, 2013; winner of a Mountbatten Maritime Award), and Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood (Portobello, 2018). Rose writes frequently for the Guardian, New Statesman and many other publications, and her two TED talks, on sanitation and seafaring, have had 3 million views. More about the author


Nine Pints is a hugely intelligent, humane and riveting work, and from illness to industry, George is an engaging guide through the bloodstream’ Sinéad Gleeson



Astonishing... This absorbing, vital a wonder in its own rightSarah Ditum

This is a brave book... It is also powerfully feminist. Not just how it tackles women's issues and women's history but for the coolly radical way it thinks, and its agitator enthusiasm... strangely beautifulJames McConnachie

‘George [...] as a journalist, not a doctor, has an even keener eye for the [body's] social and political qualities... George's nine chapters demonstrate that blood is a living tissue which defies our attempts to make it stand still’ Kate Womersley

‘George writes immensely readable prose... This is serious, weighty nonfiction. And a good thing too... fascinatingJames Marriott

‘George's lively, often urgent and frequently shocking account is underscored by the excitement of communicating what blood does, how we feel about it and the industries that have grown up around it... wide-ranging, well-travelledAlastair Mabbot

‘Rose George's absorbing book is full of [...] offbeat facts: it is a series of eye-opening excursions into the history and science of blood... She is particularly revealing on the history of voluntary donation... FascinatingNick Rennison

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