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

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By: Caspar Henderson(Author)

427 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations


Paperback | b/w font | Oct 2013 | #204773 | ISBN-13: 9781847082442
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NHBS Price: £10.99 $14/€12 approx
Hardback | colour font | Oct 2012 | #200274 | ISBN-13: 9781847081728
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Please note: the hardback is enhanced by using red font throughout for notes in the sideline, as well as names in the text and initials at the start of chapters. In the paperback this has all been reproduced in black-and-white only.

From Axolotl to Zebrafish, meet a world of barely imagined beings: real creatures that are often stranger and 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, and invites us to better imagine the world around us. An extraordinary, vivid combination of natural history, spiritual primer and philosophical meditation, 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 co-authored Our Fragile Earth (2005, New Internationalist) and was the commissioning editor for Debating Globalization (2005, Polity).

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