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‘Laughter has to be the key’ – that’s not a message often found on the first page of a book about extinct and critically endangered species, but this is no ordinary book
Neoliberalism. The word seems to have lost all meaning. According to George Monbiot, this is because it is everywhere
The dreadful pandemic of 1918, writes Laura Spinney, ‘engulfed the entire world in the blink of an eye’
Those of us who enjoy good travel writing know that what makes a decent tale of adventure – whether it’s a gentle jaunt or a hike in the High Pamirs – is that through the writer’s physical journey we learn…
‘I look around me and I see a world populated by smart apes that have forgotten where they came from, running around in circles, unhappy and dysfunctional, and that is because that is exactly what we’ve allowed ourselves to become.’
Convergence has long been a talking point within evolutionary science. There are many examples of different animals and plants developing similar traits and characteristics when confronted with comparable challenges and environments.
At its core, Thomas’ book is about a big hole he dug by his Yorkshire home
I’m not sure how much of a market there is for this history of the world’s second-largest fish, the basking shark (it’s an esoteric subject), but Speedie’s dedication to his subject and engaging prose deserve an audience

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