edited by Wendy Greenberg and illustrated by Ann Edwards
Here is an entertaining collection of fiction, faction and fact, loosely connected by a theme on animals. Indeed, this connection is so loose that readers may legitimately ask ‘is DNA an animal?’ or ‘do insects count?’ We answer in the affirmative because both are here, along with dogs, cats, snails, elephants and many other creatures. Sometimes the connection is so tenuous that it is hard to find but, behind the drama, passion and humour you will find it lurking somewhere.
This is a book to dip into and enjoy – you can fill an idle moment in the delights of haiku, become absorbed in a remarkable but true event in international diplomacy or drift away in a dreamy piece about an oak tree – and yes, there is an animal there too. You can read about an unusual Oxford zoologist, how the migratory habits of Bewick swans came to represent the fractures in a marriage and what happened when an Irishman was told to give up the drink. But be warned - once you start reading this book, you may find it difficult to stop.
2012. 180 pages. Paper, £7.99
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