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Cat Bohannon for Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Millions Years of Human Evolution, a Topping and Co Event

2 June @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Cat Bohannon for Eve

Join Topping and Co for an evening with Cat Bohannon and her Women’s Prize for Non-fiction longlisted book, Eve.


‘A rare book: scholarly, funny, accessible and very important.’ – Chris van Tulleken, author of Ultra-Processed People

‘This book should revolutionise our understanding of human life. It is set to become a classic.’ – George Monbiot, author of Regenesis

‘Riveting, jaw-dropping, hilarious, exciting, enraging and deeply, deeply refreshing.’ – Lucy Jones, author of Matrescence

‘A smart, funny, scientific deep-dive into the power of a woman’s body, Eve surprises, educates, and emboldens. Who runs the world? Girls!- Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry


Over ten years in the writing, Eve is a ground-breaking, agenda setting, myth-busting history of the evolution of the female body. Full of wild new science, Eve challenges everything we know, giving us an in-depth understanding of why female bodies are the way they are, and how biology and evolution affects our day-to-day experience. For fans of Sapiens and Invisible WomenEve surprises, educates, and emboldens.

How did wet nurses drive civilization? Are women always the weaker sex? Is sexism useful for evolution And are our bodies at war with our babies?

In Eve, Cat Bohannon answers questions scientists should have been addressing for decades. With boundless curiosity and sharp wit, she covers the past 200 million years to explain the specific science behind the development of the female sex. Eve is not only a sweeping revision of human history, it’s an urgent and necessary corrective for a world that has focused primarily on the male body for far too long.

Bohannon’s findings, including everything from the way C-sections in the industrialized world are rearranging women’s pelvic shape to the surprising similarities between pus and breast milk, will completely change what you think you know about evolution and why Homosapiens have become such a successful and dominant species, from tool use to city building to the development of language.

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