Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Robin Dunbar, evolutionary psychologist at University of Oxford

and author of How Many Friends Does One Person Need?

has kindly written the first cover blurb for Growing Young. Here it goes:


“Friendship is the most important journey we ever venture on. Read Marta Zaraska’s Growing Young and find out why.”

The French president Macron has just announced a plan to open 1000 new cafes in rural areas of France, an idea set to boost local economies. Small town mayors can apply if their town/village has fewer than 3,500 residents, and no café.


But there can be a surprising side effect -- studies show that strong communities and social networks can lower mortality risk even by 45 percent. Will the new cafes make French people healthier, even if just a tiny bit? I bet they will! #longevity #France #cafe

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After a year and a half of writing, I've finally submitted the last edits

-- and 103 pages of footnotes -- to my editor at Penguin Random House. Time to celebrate :)

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