The full story of how our relationship with the sun shapes our health, productivity and mood
Our ancestors constructed vast monuments like Stonehenge and Pyramids of Egypt and Central America to keep track of the sun and celebrate the annual cycle of death and rebirth.
The returning sun heralds new beginnings. Indeed, for most of mankind's history, the sun has dictated our daily patterns of eating, sleeping and activity. It has shaped our culture and belief systems. Without the sun, there would be no oxygen to breathe, no food to eat, and life on Earth never would have existed. The sun has also shaped human biology.
Bursting with original and cutting edge research, Chasing the Sun tells the full story of our long and complex relationship with the sun, from the emergence of life on earth, through to the modern day, and explores what it means to lose our connection with it. Chasing the Sun asks us to rethink the significance of the sun in our lives and to exploit our relationship to improve our health, sleep and productivity.
Linda Geddes is a science journalist who specialises in biology, medicine and technology. She has worked as both an editor and reporter for New Scientist magazine, and has received numerous awards for her journalism, including the Association of British Science Writers' award for Best Investigative Journalism. She is also the author of Bumpology: The Myth-Busting Pregnancy Book for Curious Parents-To-Be.
– Daily Mail
"Readable and frequently fascinating [...] Geddes's lovely book will fill you with longing for bright summer days, blue skies and a baking hot sun dispensing vitamin D and happiness to all who bask in its glow. Roll on, summer!"
– James Marriott, The Times
"A fascinating and deeply researched study into the surprising importance of sunlight for our health and wellbeing. Geddes will convince even the most committed sofa sloths to step outside into the sun."
– Gaia Vince
"What a BRILLIANT book! The antidote to anecdote, a great survey of current evidence. Just what the midwife ordered!"
– Professor Alice Roberts
"This sparkling study explains how sunlight is vital to our physical and mental health: a book that could genuinely improve your life."
– Sunday Times