Breath by James Nestor, Paperback, 9780241289082 | Buy online at The Nile
 Free Returns*


The Lost Art and Science of Our Most Misunderstood Function

Author: James Nestor  

This scientific quest explores breathing, and why 90% of us do it incorrectly.

Read more
Product Unavailable



This scientific quest explores breathing, and why 90% of us do it incorrectly.

Read more


300,000 years ago, Homo sapiens had bigger skulls. Cooked food meant our heads shrunk; alongside a growing brain, our airways got narrower. Urbanisation then led us to breathe less deeply and less healthily. And so today more than 90% of us breathe incorrectly. So we might have been breathing all our life, but we need to learn how to breathe properly!

In Breath, James Nestor meets cutting-edge scientists at Harvard and experiments on himself in labs at Stanford to see the impact of bad breathing. He revives the lost, and recently scientifically proven, wisdom of swim coaches, Indian mystics, stern-faced Russian cardiologists, Czechoslovakian Olympians and New Jersey choral conductors - the world's foremost 'pulmonauts' - to show how breathing in specific patterns can trigger our bodies to absorb more oxygen, and he explains the benefits for everyone that result, from staying healthy and warding off anxiety to improving focus and losing weight.

Breath is a fascinating ride through evolution, medicine and physiology - and extreme sports. But mostly it explores you. Structured as a journey with chapters from the mouth and nose through to the lungs and nervous system, it is non-fiction at its breath-taking best.

Read more

Critic Reviews

'An eye-opening, epic journey of human devolution that explains why so many of us are sick and tired. A must-read book that exposes what our health care system doesn't see' Dr. Steven Y. Park, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and author of Sleep, Interrupted 'Breath is an utterly fascinating journey into the ways we are wired. No matter who you are, you'll want to read this' Po Bronson, author of What Should I Do with My Life and Nutureshock A transformative book that changes how you think about your body and mind. Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Memory If you want to read a book about the power of the breath, this is it! Patrick McKeown, author of The Oxygen Advantage I would have thought that breathing was pretty simple and well understood. Then I read this book. Now I know it's a hugely complex and wondrous process which we need to understand much better. Fascinating and provocative stuff Daniel M. Davis, author of The Beautiful Cure

Read more

About the Author

James Nestor has written for Scientific American, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and more. His book, DEEP- Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, was a Finalist for the PEN American Center Best Sports Book of the Year and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. In 2015 Nestor received a MacArthur Foundation grant to develop a short documentary, The Click Effect, for The New York Times.

Read more

Product Details

Penguin Books Ltd | Penguin Life
3rd November 2020


This item is eligible for free returns within 30 days of delivery. See our returns policy for further details.


24 Dec, 2021
This is the most amazing book I have ever read every one should read it and act on it
By M
27 Sep, 2021
By Graham
17 Aug, 2021
This book was a game changer in terms of breathing and health as I thought I knew it. These days I sleep like a log with tape over my mouth to ensure nose breathing. Don't laugh - try it.
By Marilyn
03 Aug, 2021
By Graeme
07 Jul, 2021
I loved it
By Suzie
07 Jun, 2021
An essential read for everyone ?
By Amanda
05 Apr, 2021
Fantastic book about the Breath, a must read for everyone interested in health, happiness or wellbeing.
By Maaike
14 Mar, 2021
Thought provoking and very interesting seeing as I work in the area of anaesthetics!
By Susan
09 Mar, 2021
By Barbara
04 Mar, 2021
Great book, easy and entertaining to read with enough science that is well explained
By Rose
16 Feb, 2021
A worthwhile read
By Helen
27 Jan, 2021
Riveting, this was new information to me
Will pass this book on to my sons

As with the other book I ordered I was impressed be the speed of delivery. Ex Ellen’s service Nile
By Ellie
18 Feb, 2021
Good overview of East / West thought re breathing, and how to.
By Tom
28 Jan, 2021
Very interesting & informative
By Rhona
07 Jan, 2021
This book is life-changing! I am raving about it to all my friends and have brought several copies as presents because I just want to get this important information out there. The population would have better health and longevity if everyone read this one book.
By Toni
17 May, 2021
By Darcy
22 Apr, 2021
By Jo
16 Mar, 2021
By Wendy
05 Mar, 2021
By tony
19 Feb, 2021
By J.Komarovsky
17 Feb, 2021
By Margaret
16 Feb, 2021
By Rob
19 Jan, 2021
By Edward
08 Jan, 2021
By Debbie
07 Jan, 2021
By Pearl
See more
Product Unavailable