... remarkable findings fill its pages ... The book is most engaging when Geddes writes about her own experience ... At Dowth, one of the great neolithic tombs in Ireland, sunlight on the winter solstice briefly shines gold on to sun-like spirals and other marks carved on the stones within. Geddes’s reflection on this, as well as on a dark-sky night near Stonehenge, where the stars reveal themselves in glory, helps bring a sense of wonder to this fact-filled book. But there is much to discover, appreciate and concern us that is not covered in Chasing the Sun. One of the most urgent questions – central to wellbeing in its broadest and deepest sense – is whether humanity’s hunger for light and energy can be met without endangering ourselves and the many forms of light-filled beings on whom we depend, and with whom we share the planet.
... illuminating ... Despite the title, there’s little astronomy here. Rather, Ms. Geddes focuses on the human relationship with the sun. The result is partly a compilation of scientific studies on circadian rhythm and chronobiology, and partly a practical guide to overcoming scourges of modern life such as poor sleep and jet lag ... the book does contain practical advice as well.
... a readable and frequently fascinating guide to the benefits of sunlight ... Geddes’s lovely book will fill you with longing for bright summer days, blue skies and a baking hot sun dispensing vitamin D and happiness to all who bask in its glow. Roll on, summer!
Geddes comprehensively and comprehensibly looks at how sunlight and darkness influence human health, educating her audience with a mind to them 'forging a healthier relationship with light' ... While there’s not much here that will be new to health or science buffs, Geddes has done a great service to those who struggle to get a good’s night sleep by placing so much information in one place. This clearly written book will leave readers better informed and, hopefully, better rested.
... [a] bright and curiosity-stoking introduction to chronobiology ... The author is a sure hand when it comes to explaining the various biological interactions and a steady voice in calling for lifestyles more in sync with our master clocks and less hidebound by work or tradition ... A sparkling story about how we can forge a healthier relationship with light.