Best books of 2022: Health and wellbeing

Age Proof: The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life
by Rose Anne Kenny, Lagom £20

Shortlisted for the 2022 Royal Society Science Book Prize, this is at the respectable end of the self-help genre. Rose Anne Kenny, professor of medical gerontology at Trinity College Dublin, offers readable advice on staying happier and healthier into old age: get a good night’s sleep, have a social life and eat well, fasting occasionally. Oh, and keep having sex.

Book cover of ‘The Expectation Effect’

The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Transform Your Life
by David Robson, Canongate Books £10.99

While mountain biking recently, I took a wrong turning on to what looked like an easier path. It was the harder track all along — I suspect that I finished it intact only because I expected it to be easier. David Robson, a science journalist, explains how expectation changes our experience of the world — and how we can cultivate that mindset to our advantage.

Book cover of ‘The Man Who Tasted Words’

The Man Who Tasted Words: Inside the Strange and Startling World of Our Senses
by Guy Leschziner, Simon & Schuster £16.99

Our interpretation of the world around us — in other words, our version of reality — is constructed from the input of our five senses. When this neural wiring goes awry, so does the nature of human experience. Guy Leschziner, a neurologist at King’s College London, offers an unsettling guide to the mayhem caused by sensory dysfunction.

Book cover of ‘And Finally’

And Finally: Matters of Life and Death
by Henry Marsh, Jonathan Cape £16.99

Henry Marsh, an eminent neurosurgeon and author, contemplates life as he grapples with a diagnosis of advanced cancer. This reluctant doctor-turned-patient reflects — not always proudly — on how he treated his own patients, as well as on what ultimately matters. A haunting memoir from someone who has spent a career at the fragile border between life and death, now confronting the prospect of his own crossing.

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