The Descent of Man

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Grayson Perry

Narrated By: Jonny Phillips

Publisher: Penguin Books LTD

Date: October 2016

Duration: 3 hours 55 minutes


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

'GRAYSON PERRY FOR KING AND QUEEN OF ENGLAND. Imagine how BRILLIANT our country would look if he was.' Caitlin Moran

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What would happen if we rethought the old, macho, outdated version of manhood, and embraced a different idea of what makes a man?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.


  • Cathy B.

    A brilliant, engaging, funny and real look at masculinity in our time. Well written and positive in its outlook. Excellent narration too. I wish all the males (and females) in my life would read it. An important book!

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