The natural world is under siege. Its inhabitants are living truncated lives; starving, constricted, diseased, and neurotic, they cannot be the sorts of creatures they are meant to be. We are used – indeed over-used – to learning about this siege from the perspective of concerned humans. Photos of seals drowned in nets and oiled gulls no longer excite our imagination, and so they excite neither empathy nor resolve. The only way to reignite these imaginations is by way of story.
This is a book of stories, told through the eyes of eight animals – one of whom is human – set in modern Britain under the greatest siege of our time: human nature itself.
Charles Foster is the author of Being a Human and the New York Times bestseller Being a Beast, which was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Wainwright Prize, won the 30 million d'amis Prize in France, and is the subject of a forthcoming feature film. In 2016, he won the IgNobel Prize for Biology.