Oaxaca Journal

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‘Light and fast-moving, unburdened by library research but filled with erudition’ New Yorker

Oliver Sacks, the bestselling author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, is most famous for his studies of the human mind: insightful and beautifully characterized portraits of those experiencing complex neurological conditions. However, he has another scientific passion: the fern.

Since childhood Oliver has been fascinated by the ability of these primitive plants to survive and adapt in many climates. Oaxaca Journal is the enthralling account of his trip, alongside a group of fellow fern enthusiasts, to the beautiful province of Oaxaca, Mexico. Bringing together Oliver’s endless curiosity about natural history and the richness of human culture with his sharp eye for detail, this book is a captivating evocation of a place, its plants, its people, and its myriad wonders.

‘Like all the best journals, it has a rich immediacy . . . the book is a rare treat.’ Globe and Mail

‘Sacks’s boundless curiosity is always a reward’ New York Times

About Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco's Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings. " " " " Dr Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients. The New York Times referred to him as 'the poet laureate of medicine', and over the years he received many awards, including honours from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. His memoir, On the Move, was published shortly before his death in August 2015. " " " " For more information, please visit www.oliversacks.com.

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Uncle Tungsten
Uncle Tungsten
Gratitude
Gratitude
On the Move
On the Move
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Hallucinations
Hallucinations
Seeing Voices
Seeing Voices
An Anthropologist on Mars
An Anthropologist on Mars
Awakenings
Awakenings
Musicophilia
Musicophilia
The Island of the Colour-blind
The Island of the Colour-blind
Migraine
Migraine
The Mind's Eye
The Mind's Eye
A Leg to Stand On
A Leg to Stand On