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Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2012, this is the vivid and visceral biography of William Harvey, the Renaissance anatomist who discovered the circulation of the blood.

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Thomas Wright was educated at Saint Thomas More RC School, Bedford, and Magdalen College, Oxford. His groundbreaking Oscar's Books (Chatto & Windus, 2008), a portrait of his hero Oscar Wilde though his reading, was hailed by Craig Brown as 'an original and eccentric landmark in the art of literary biography'. His play, Death in Genoa, was recently produced in London and broadcast on website of The Independent. He lives in Oxford.


A book that combines scholarly science with narrative excitement to spectacular effect -- Mark Lawson
A concise, skilful and eloquent book -- Charles Nicholl * Guardian *
Thomas Wright's book opens brilliantly and bloodily and continues in the same vein...a captivating intellectually gripping journey into our country's scientific past -- Druin Burch * Mail on Sunday *
In Circulation, Wright tells a good story, warts and all -- Duncan Wu * Independent *
[An] acute, imaginative book -- John Carey * Sunday Times *
The little man of 'perpetual movement' has found a fine advocate in Thomas Wright, whose highly readable Circulation combines recent scholarship with more than a touch of drama * Times Literary Supplement *
Thomas Wright's lucid biography...deftly puts Harvey into his cultural context -- Hermione Eyre * Prospect *
As soon as I started this book, I was gripped with curiosity -- William Leith * Spectator *
Thomas Wright's lively little book on Harvey's revolutionary idea is a panegyric to the man's whirring mind, and to the excitements of thinking more generally -- Helen Brown * Daily Telegraph *
Excellent and often bloodthirsty... A highly readable account of a great Englishman * Tablet *
A vivid biography of William Harvey, which reveals his complex character -- Patricia Fara * BBC History Magazine *
It's a pretty gruesome story - told very well here by Thomas Wright -- William Leith * Evening Standard *
An engaging and lively account of an endlessly curious man * Independent *

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