How I Took a Holiday from Being Human
135 color illustrations
Publication date: 05/17/2016
|The dazzling success of The Toaster Project, including TV appearances and an international book tour, leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump. His friends increasingly behave like adults, while Thwaites still lives at home, "stuck in a big, dark hole." Luckily, a research grant o ers the perfect out: a chance to take a holiday from the complications of being human by transforming himself into a goat. What ensues'is a hilarious and surreal journey through engineering, design, and psychology, as Thwaites interviews neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, prosthetists, goat sanctuary workers, and goatherds. From this, he builds a goat exoskeleton---artificial legs, helmet, chest protector, raincoat from his mum, and a prosthetic goat stomach to digest grass (with help from a pressure cooker and campfire)---before setting off across the Alps on four legs with a herd of his fellow creatures. Will he make it? Do Thwaites and his readers discover what it truly means to be human? GoatMan tells all in Thwaites's inimitable style, which NPR extols as "a laugh- out-loud-funny but thoughtful guide through his own adventures."|
Thomas Thwaites studied biology and economics at the University College London, and completed his masters in design at the Royal College of Art. He is a designer ("of a more speculative sort") in London, where he ponders technology, science, and futures research.
Editorial ReviewsLibrary Journal:
"This extremely entertaining book describes a highly unusual experiment --- the author's attempt to transform into a goat....one of the more amusing memoirs in recent memory. "