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The Descent of Man Audiobook

The Descent of Man

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry, read by Jonny Philips.

Grayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity - what it is, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails - since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and ask, what sort of men would make the world a better place for everyone? What would happen if we rethought the old, outdated macho version of manhood and embraced a different idea of what makes a man?

Apart from giving up the coronary-inducing stress of always being 'right' and the vast new wardrobe options, the real benefit might be that a newly fitted masculinity will allow men to have better relationships - and that's happiness, right?

Grayson Perry admits he's not immune from the stereotypes himself - as the psychoanalysts say, 'If you spot it, you've got it' - and his thoughts on everything from power to physical appearance, from emotions to a brand-new Manifesto for Men, are shot through with honesty, tenderness and the belief that, for everyone to benefit, upgrading masculinity has to be something men decide to do themselves. They have nothing to lose but their hang-ups.

©2016 Grayson Perry (P)2016 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Grayson Perry for King and Queen of England. Imagine how brilliant our country would look if he was." (Caitlin Moran)

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    Amanda 25/01/2017
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    "Truely brilliant!!"

    The most fascinatingly informed book I've ever read Grayson you're a legend! I had to read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down- thank you for such an intelligent book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Caitlin Frost 04/11/2016
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    "Thoughtful analysis"

    Great readShould be a required text for boys and girls from the age of 10!

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    William P Griffiths 22/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's certainly thought-provoking but it's key strength is taking a difficult subject and making it funny.

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    Mary 19/12/2016
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    "Wonderful"

    Grayson Peer's wisdom, sensitivity and daring admissions of his own evolution as a man over time show him to have a strength and innate power that is massively attractive in a man; a Real Man. I would love all my male friends to read and learn from this book that they are more valuable to women as themselves and not as predictable stereotypes. Thank you, Grayson.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mabbers Bratislava, Slovakia 04/04/2017
    Mabbers Bratislava, Slovakia 04/04/2017
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    Really interesting and thought provoking and a really good insight into the mind of the modern man. It was also good to think from the male perspective.

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    Rogayah 03/12/2016
    Rogayah 03/12/2016

    Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try

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    "Interesting"

    Interesting thoughts coming from a man about men and their built-in actions and reactions. Grayson Perry may not be an ideal spokesman for the gender but he is totally honest about men and maleness. I hope that once these thoughts have been aired they will be picked up and ruminated on by men and boys the world over. Perhaps then the world will be a better place.

    The essay was well read, making it very enjoyable and allowing Grayson Perry come through. Will this be the beginning of a new chapter for the human race? I hope so!

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    mitchell bell 28/08/2017
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    "Eye opener"

    Surprisingly enjoyed this. I felt I learned a lot. Now I am in the process of trying to convince my 'masculine' husband to give it again. I genuinely think he will greatly benefit from the words of Grayson Perry!

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    mark 18/08/2017
    mark 18/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    Really well read. Really well written. This book doesn't give any quick fix answers but does offer a broad ranging set of useful ideas. Check it

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    ann burke 08/08/2017
    ann burke 08/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Every man should read this book"

    Grayson Perry's insights were poignant,thought provoking, sometimes extremely funny but also extremely necessary for everyman.

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    Mr. Steffan I. A. Glynn UK 12/07/2017
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    "Crucial"

    I hope that all schoolshelves are well stocked with this book.

    Well read audiobook - would prefer Grayson though!

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