The Ten Types of Human by Dexter Dias will feature on the Radio 2 Fact not Fiction Book Club on Thursday 22 June.
The Ten Types of Human
The Ten Types of Human is a pioneering examination of human nature. It looks at the best and worst that human beings are capable of, and asks why. It explores the frontiers of the human experience, excavating the forces that shape our thoughts and actions in extreme situations. It begins in a courtroom and journeys across four continents and through the lives of some exceptional people, in search of answers.
Mixing cutting-edge neuroscience, social psychology and visceral true stories, The Ten Types of Human is at once a provocation and a roadmap of the hidden parts of us. It is a book to inspire; to refashion our understanding of our many selves and semblances; and ultimately to find fresh ways to be free.
Selection panel review
The book was selected with the help of a panel of librarians from across the UK. They loved The Ten Types of Human – here are some of their comments:
“I thought this was an unusual and fascinating read – insightful and relevant.”
“The book does flow well and is very compelling as it is well written and full of interesting facts…ultimately a fascinating and thought provoking read. I also liked that it alludes to literary greats such as Keats, Angela Carter, Dostoyevsky, Poe, Betjeman, Ibsen and Shakespeare.”
About the author
Dexter Dias QC is a barrister (Queen’s Counsel) who has been instructed in some of the biggest cases of recent years involving human rights, murder, crimes against humanity, terrorism, war crimes and genocide. He has been instrumental in changing the law to better protect young women and girls at risk of FGM and works internationally on human rights with victims and survivors of abuse of institutional power and harmful social practices.
Dexter is also a prize-winning scholar of Cambridge University, having been elected to a Foundation Scholarship at Jesus College and winning the Lopez-Rey Prize for the highest Distinction in his research degree at the Faculty of Law’s Institute of Criminology, where he critically analysed the use of state coercive force on vulnerable young people in custody.
He has lectured and presented his research at Cambridge and Harvard; addressed major international conferences; and spoken on many national platforms around human rights and social justice issues, Violence Against Women and Girls and FGM. He chaired and co-wrote the influential Bar Human Rights Committee Report to the Parliamentary Inquiry into FGM and was instrumental in changing the law to strengthen the national protective mechanism; has had his research cited in both Houses of Parliament; had his work paid tribute to by the Home Affairs Select Committee for its critical analysis of the defects in the UK’s rights protections; has written reports to the United Nations and briefed the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls.
Tune in to Jonathan Ross’ Radio 2 Arts Show on Thursday 22 June to hear a live interview with Dexter.
You can see what other readers thought or add the book to your group’s reading list.