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What makes sex so much fun?
Touch is the most important sense we have. Without it, we cannot entirely feel pleasure or pain - we are less than human.
In fact, as David Linden demonstrates in the astonishing stories gathered here, touch is central to who we are - from choosing our partners to comforting us on our deathbeds.
Exploring the many surprising facts and myths about our sense of touch, Linden reveals how it defines us - and how, by understanding it, we can better know ourselves.
'The best science writers infect you with their fascination for their subject - that's exactly what Linden achieves here.' BBC Focus
'Illuminating. Asks and answers some intriguing questions.' Sunday Times
'Will make you think more deeply about every itch, scrape and caress.' Washington Post