• The Descent of Man

  • By: Grayson Perry
  • Narrated by: Jonny Philips
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-27-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (7 ratings)

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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 What would happen if we rethought the old, outdated macho version of manhood and embraced a different idea of what makes a man?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
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"Grayson Perry for King and Queen of England. Imagine how brilliant our country would look if he was." (Caitlin Moran)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 01-25-17

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!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caitlin Frost on 11-04-16

Thoughtful analysis

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Monique on 02-07-18

Essential listening

Eloquent, insightful and absolutely necessary reading/listening for all men, women and non binary human beings who want the world to be a fairer place.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-14-17

Let your guard down

As a man you might feel attacked by the first chapter but hang in there. Grayson Perry doesn't want to take away your manhood, he wants to add to it and make it richer, more fulfilling, and less lonely.
He is a man who feels all the same pressures as you do. You'll recognise yourself in this book and if you're open to it he'll make you feel comfortable with who you are and why you came to be that way. He'll point out your weaknesses, prove they're not your fault, and pave the way to turrn them into strengths.
This book is authentic, insightful, and funny in it's writing and performance.
You'll be a better man for having read it.

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