Why are we so obsessed with our bodies?

Susan Cahill takes a look at the role our bodies play in social theory as well as the life and writings of Ian Rankin

Why are we so obsessed with our bodies?

"The Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo da Vinci, 1490

Talking Books' regular host Susan Cahill talks with University of St Andrew's Professor Gill Scott and Irish crime writer Declan Hughes about the career of the Scottish crime writer, the king of Tartan Noir, Ian Rankin. 

Rounding off the show she also talks with the University of Kent's Professor Chris Shilling about the role our bodies play in society today and our social interactions and his latest book, The Body: A Very Short Introduction.

 This week's music to read to,

Opening the show is Olafur Arnalds' Near Light with Federico Albanese's Disclosed closing the show.