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Publisher's Summary

We’ve been tantalised by the idea of eternal youth since time immemorial. We’re always asking how we can live longer and better. Or, to put it another way, why can’t we all be like Madame Calment, who cycled till she was 100, smoked till she was 117 and died at the wonderfully old age of 122?

Join veteran reporter Bill Gifford for a rip-roaring ride along the trail to the fountain of youth.

Meet the scientists who have doubled the life expectancy of mice by knocking out a single gene and others, like Aubrey De Grey, who says our children could go on to live for 1,000 years or maybe 5,000.

An intoxicating mixture of deep reporting, fascinating science, and prescriptive takeaway, Spring Chicken will reveal the extraordinary breakthroughs that may yet bring us eternal youth while exposing dangerous deceptions that prey on the innocent and ignorant.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Bill Gifford (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"You need this book. I grabbed it like a life preserver, and that’s exactly what it is. Spring Chicken demolishes the worst hoaxes in anti-aging treatments - like crushed dog testicles, human growth hormone, and Suzanne Somers - and leaves you with the good news: by adopting a few easy-to-understand, easy-to- follow discoveries, you might just deactivate the time bombs in your fat cells and learn to follow in the springy, “successfully aging"" footsteps of a 92-year-old pole vaulter." (Christopher McDougall, New York Times best-selling author of Born to Run and Natural Born Heroes)
“Gifford skilfully navigates the many strands of aging research to create an entertaining narrative of the perils of getting old.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Timmy James
  • 01-06-16

Awesome read...

Another book that I'm going to listen to again and probably gets the printed copy too. The author tackles the serious subject in a lighthearted manner but strongly supported with many scientific researches and findings. I love his sense of humor. Fantastic book and fantastically presented.

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  • RabbitLemon
  • 02-16-16

No magic bullet

Good chapters on the various hopes with their stories. Keep exercising body and brain. Maintain that healthy weight. Metformin looks like a longevity aid. Curcumin has absorption problems. Otherwise theories are still in early days, showing up flip sides

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  • Samuel Sieh
  • 11-19-17

Centuries of research proves age old wisdom right

I liked this book a lot because I like reading up about how scientists persevere through years of hardship just to prove their hypothesis. Without scrutinizing every word, I got a feeling that this book strengthen the fact that the only way to age gracefully and comfortably one must lead a healthy life. And there is nothing new about that.

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  • Cristina
  • 07-24-17

I wish it was way longer ...

great book.

simple. I wish reviews didn't require at least15 words, because I have nothing else to say