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Natural Histories: 25 Extraordinary Species That Have Changed our World

Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss

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Prose: non-fiction, The environment, Natural history, Birds, including cage birds, as pets, Trees, wildflowers & plants

A cultural history of the natural world in 25 species.

Prepare to dive to the depths of the sea with 100-foot-long giant squid, travel through space after the meteorites shooting into our atmosphere and join a dangerous expedition to Antarctica to find the Emperor Penguin egg. Discover fleas dressed by nuns, a defeated prince hiding from his enemies in an oak tree and the plant whose legendary screams could drive you mad . . .

Accompanying Radio 4's acclaimed six-month series with the Natural History Museum, NATURAL HISTORIES tells the riveting stories of how our relationships with twenty-five unexpected creatures have permanently changed the way we see the world. Packed full of fascinating science, history and folklore, this beautiful book brings you face to face with nature, in all its wonder, complexity and invention.

Fresh from winning the Thomson Reuters prize for TWEET OF THE DAY, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss have written another imaginative and inspiring book. Each chapter explores a different species or phenomena, often taking a fascinating object in the museum's collection as a starting point. From rock pools and blackberry picking to a shipwreck thousands of miles from land; and from David Attenborough on gorillas to Monty Python on dinosaurs, this is a book for anyone curious about the world we live in. You'll never take nature for granted again.

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Praise for Natural Histories: 25 Extraordinary Species That Have Changed our World

  • Entertaining and often beguiling . . . The lively writing, enlightening anecdotes and frequent bursts of humour make this the ideal source of conversation topics if you run out of things to say while visiting the relatives - BBC Focus Magazine, Books of the Year

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Brett Westwood

Brett Westwood is a producer of natural history programmes for radio. He is a keen field naturalist with a special interest in sharks. Brett has written a number of books and has also illustrated several titles on natural history subjects.

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