THIS IS THE MOMENTOUS STORY OF THE MILLIONS OF SPECIES – SOMETIMES UNIMAGINABLY STRANGE – THAT MAKE UP THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.
Humans, blue whales, rats, birds of paradise, ridiculous numbers of beetles, molluscs the size of a bus, bdelloid rotifers who haven’t had sex for millions of years and creatures called water bears (you can boil them, freeze them and fire them off into space without killing them) – we’re all in it together.
In this breathtakingly audacious book, Simon Barnes opens our eyes to the real marvels of the planet we live on.
“This is a book that I will treasure for ever”
“Dizzying. Natural history explored in all its marvellous, madcap majesty with wit, wisdom and wonder.”
“The perfect read for anyone who has ever wondered what slugs and wasps are for, or how elephants feel.”
Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the bestselling author of a dozen books, including How to be a Bad Birdwatcher and The Meaning of Sport (Short Books). He lives in Suffolk with his family.