Reviews

  • "Thrilling ... An eye-opening tour de force of scientific writing that reads like the best kind of adventure story"

    Stephen Fry
  • "One of the best accounts I have yet come across of the nature of biological science … Daniel Davis’s wonderful book recounts in exceptionally clear and sympathetic prose how research into the immune system has resulted in a health revolution"

    Henry Marsh, New Statesman
  • "Thoroughly absorbing ... Davis is a wonderful storyteller"

    Bill Bryson
  • "Terrific ... Davis relates the extraordinary modern developments in supercharging the body’s own immune system to fight disease, and one day maybe even eliminate cancer"

    Steven Poole, *****Telegraph
  • "Thrilling … Do not underestimate the importance of immunology. This field relates to you personally"

    Adam Rutherford, Guardian
  • "An inspirational book that not only reveals the secret joys of scientific discovery but is jam-packed full of revelations for non-scientists"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "Forget AI, robotics, the internet of things. This is where the future feels strange and exciting: in the 'inner universe' of our immune system, and in the radically new therapies that are using it to conquer disease"

    Sunday Times
  • "Highly readable, beautifully researched, backed up with notes, references and interviews by Davis himself, whose status as an immunology professor confers added credibility. He believes that we now know enough about the major components and interactions of the immune system to begin manipulating them to cure diseases such as cancer. We stand, he predicts, on the threshold of a medical revolution"

    New Scientist
  • "A sweeping tour d’horizon … lucid and entertaining … Much as Siddhartha Mukherjee did in his book The Gene, Davis expertly weaves together human stories and scientific endeavour"

    The Times
  • "New ways to treat cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other age-related diseases … Davis is a sure and engaging guide to these developments"

    Observer