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Coming Fall 2019: The Making of You

"Ideal reading for anyone who was ever an embryo."

Vancouver, BC – Greystone Books has acquired North American English Language rights to The Making of You: The Incredible Journey from Cell to Human by Katharina Vestre, a 26-year-old Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway.

We all know about the birds and the bees. The Making of You describes what happens next, not with euphemisms or dumbed-down science, but with vivid prose that expertly conveys all the fascinating, complex processes that produce human life. In this well-researched, deft little book, Vestre explains how you were made: from sperm meets egg, to a sliver of life in the womb, to the uncanny budding of body parts, to the spark of first thought, to, finally—you!

At once charming and forward-thinking, The Making of You finally considers pregnancy from the curious, scientific, and frank perspective it deserves, all while having fun with metaphor, quirky illustrations, and humor.

Katharina Vestre is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Biosciences at the University of Oslo. The Making of You is her literary debut.

Greystone Books is a trade book publisher that focuses on high quality non-fiction. Greystone is based in Vancouver, Canada, with offices in the UK and United States.

Greystone Books is proud to release The Making of You in Fall of 2019.

For further information, contact Megan Jones at

Advance Praise for The Making of You

"Tremendously enjoyable... From Hox genes to glial cells, The Making of You wears its evident scholarship lightly."—Jessie Greengrass, author of Sight

"Vestre has a rare talent for breaking down complex biology and turning it into something captivating and compelling."—Linda Geddes, author of Bumpology

"Ideal reading for anyone who was ever an embryo."—Matthew Cobb, author of Life’s Greatest Secret

Photo by Kate Krivanec on Unsplash

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