The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st-Century Bestiary

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st-Century Bestiary

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By (author) Caspar Henderson, Illustrated by Golbanou Moghaddas

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  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 36mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847082440
  • ISBN 13: 9781847082442
  • Illustrations note: integrated
  • Sales rank: 38,533

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From Axolotl to Zebrafish, discover a host of barely imagined beings: real creatures that are often more astonishing than anything dreamt in the pages of a medieval bestiary. Ranging from the depths of the ocean to the most arid corners of the earth, Caspar Henderson captures the beauty and bizarreness of the many living forms we thought we knew and some we could never have contemplated, inviting us to better imagine the precarious world we inhabit. A witty, vivid blend of pioneering natural history and spiritual primer, infectiously celebratory about life's sheer ingenuity and variety, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is a mind-expanding, wonder-inducing read.

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CASPAR HENDERSON has been a journalist and editor with various publications and broadcasters, including BBC Radio 4, the Financial Times, the Independent, Nature, New Scientist and openDemocracy (where he was senior editor for three years). He is a past recipient of an IUCN-Reuters award for best environmental reporting in Western Europe. He won the Roger Deakin Award of the Society of Authors and the Jerwood Award of the Royal Society of Literature for this book as a work in progress.