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    INTACT: A defence of the unmodified body

      My next book – Intact: The Unmodified Body – is now finished and will be published by Allen Lane (Penguin Books) in February 2022. You can pre-order it now here and from all good bookshops. In an age of social media and selfies, of pixel-perfect pictures and surgically-enhanced celebrities, the pressure to change our bodies can often seem overwhelming. We are told we should conceal the signs of ageing and get our bodies back after pregnancy. We ought to perfect our complexions, build our biceps, trim our waistlines, cure our disabilities, conceal our quirks. More than ever before, we should contort our physical selves to prejudiced standards of beauty and acceptability. In this…