The best 47 Animals books

Animals have always captivated our imagination and curiosity. Understanding their behavior, biology, and the ecosystems they inhabit can enrich our appreciation for the natural world and our place within it. Our carefully curated book list is designed to help you explore the fascinating realm of animals.

These books offer intriguing insights into the lives of various species, shedding light on their unique characteristics and the challenges they face. So, let's immerse ourselves in the wonders of the animal kingdom and embark on this awe-inspiring journey together!
Other Minds

Other Minds

Peter Godfrey-Smith
The Octopus And The Evolution Of Intelligent Life
4.1 (120 ratings)

What's Other Minds about?

Other Minds (2016) is an exploration of the evolution of the octopus. Once a limpet-like creature that crawled along the bottom of the ocean, the octopus is now an intelligent and unique predator. Peter Godfrey-Smith guides the reader through billions of years of evolutionary history to explain the development of complex life, while shedding light on one of the world’s most intriguing animals.

Who should read Other Minds?

  • Students of biology and zoology
  • Readers interested in evolutionary science
  • Animal lovers

On the Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin
By Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
4.7 (103 ratings)

What's On the Origin of Species about?

The Origin Of Species (1859) is Charles Darwin’s magnum opus. These blinks outline a theory of how traits are selected by nature, where the tremendous diversity of life on earth came from and how animals and plants came to be distributed across the planet.

Who should read On the Origin of Species?

  • Anyone interested in science or natural history
  • Nature lovers

The Book of Humans

The Book of Humans

Adam Rutherford
A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War and the Evolution of Us
4.3 (192 ratings)

What's The Book of Humans about?

The Book of Humans (2018) is an accessible tour of evolutionary history. It illuminates both the many qualities we share with animals and the many others that set us apart. Incorporating the latest scientific discoveries from genetics and archaeology, it provides a thrilling compendium of the rich variety of life on Earth.

Who should read The Book of Humans?

  • People seeking a primer on evolutionary biology
  • Darwin enthusiasts
  • Animal lovers

The Eight Master Lessons of Nature

The Eight Master Lessons of Nature

Gary Ferguson
What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World
4.5 (150 ratings)

What's The Eight Master Lessons of Nature about?

The Eight Master Lessons of Nature (2019) is a reflective treatise on what nature can teach us about living well. Carefully observing many forms of life, from forest mushrooms to mighty elephants, the guide reveals valuable lessons they may hold for us. In doing so, it invites us to look again at the wild world around us with a renewed sense of awe and wonder.

Who should read The Eight Master Lessons of Nature?

  • City slickers seeking a greener life
  • Nature lovers looking for a deeper connection
  • Those searching for a more mellow approach to living

An Immense World

An Immense World

Ed Yong
How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
4.5 (79 ratings)

What's An Immense World about?

An Immense World (2022) explores the sensory worlds of animals, highlighting how they differ from the human experience. Tracing sight, sound, touch, and more, it shares the various ways animals sense our world – and the extra information they glean with the help of their specialized senses.

Who should read An Immense World?

  • People interested in how animals make sense of their environment
  • Animal lovers
  • Anyone curious about the natural world

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Steve Brusatte
A New History of a Lost World
4.6 (74 ratings)

What's The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs about?

In The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (2018), leading young paleontologist Steve Brusatte takes us on a journey through time and space, detailing the history of the different dinosaurs and the worlds in which they lived. He is guided by his deep knowledge of fossils and geological evidence, and is thus able to bring the fascinating stories of dinosaurs into clear focus.

Who should read The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs?

  • Anyone looking to take their knowledge of dinosaurs beyond Jurassic Park
  • Adults who loved playing with dinosaurs when they were kids
  • People interested in geology and fossils

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country

Bill Bryson
Discover the delights of “down under”
4.6 (19 ratings)

What's In a Sunburned Country about?

In a Sunburned Country (2000) is Bill Bryson’s personal account of his time traveling around Australia. With stopovers in major cities, out-of-the-way mining towns and treks through the vast wilderness, it’s a travelogue packed with insights into the history, culture and wildlife of this unique nation.

Who should read In a Sunburned Country?

  • Globetrotters
  • Historians
  • Lovers of nature and wildlife

The Genius of Dogs

The Genius of Dogs

Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
Discovering the Unique Intelligence of Man’s Best Friend
4.1 (82 ratings)

What's The Genius of Dogs about?

The Genius of Dogs (2013) uncovers the remarkable intelligence of man’s best four-legged friend. By first examining human intelligence, the authors go on to explain exactly what makes dogs so smart, which talents they have in common with humans and other animals, and what sets them apart.

Who should read The Genius of Dogs?

  • Dog owners or anyone considering adopting a dog
  • People interested in animal behavior and cognition
  • Veterinarians or anyone who cares for or works with dogs

If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal

If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal

Justin Gregg
What Animal Intelligence Reveals about Human Stupidity
4.3 (183 ratings)

What's If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal about?

If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal (2022) takes a playful yet profoundly meaningful look at what makes humans so different from the other animals on the planet. In doing so, it makes a strong case for why the human mind may be dangerously unsuccessful from an evolutionary standpoint.

Who should read If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal?

  • Animal lovers and pet owners
  • Science geeks
  • People worried about the fate of humanity

The Inner Life of Animals

The Inner Life of Animals

Peter Wohlleben
Love, Grief, and Compassion – Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
4.4 (49 ratings)

What's The Inner Life of Animals about?

In The Inner Life of Animals (2017) Peter Wohlleben discusses the latest research on animal feelings and emotion. He draws insights from multiple studies as well as from his personal experiences of the woodland where he has lived and worked for decades. The book argues that animals’ inner lives are really not so different from our own.

Who should read The Inner Life of Animals?

  • Everyone who owns a pet
  • Anyone interested in psychology and neurology
  • Animal rights activists who could use some new arguments

The Mosquito

The Mosquito

Timothy C. Winegard
A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
4.7 (120 ratings)

What's The Mosquito about?

The Mosquito (2019) provides a sweeping tour of human history with a novel twist. As it follows the course of the pivotal events that shaped the world in which we live today, it draws attention to some of the most important but under-appreciated factors that have influenced those events: the mosquito and the deadly diseases it carries.

Who should read The Mosquito?

  • World history buffs seeking a new perspective on pivotal events in the past 
  • People interested in how diseases have shaped our species 
  • Anyone looking for even more reasons to hate the mosquito 

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert
An Unnatural History
4.1 (195 ratings)

What's The Sixth Extinction about?

The Sixth Extinction (2014) chronicles the history of species extinction and shows how humans have had more than a hand in the rapidly decreasing numbers of animal species on earth. Through industrialization and deforestation, not to mention climate change, humans have damaged the environment and disrupted habitats, leading to a massive reduction in biodiversity.

Who should read The Sixth Extinction?

  • Scientists, environmentalists or activists concerned with climate change
  • People curious about how human activity affects animal survival
  • Students examining theories of species extinction

Under a White Sky

Under a White Sky

Elizabeth Kolbert
The Nature of the Future
4.2 (94 ratings)

What's Under a White Sky about?

For thousands of years, we humans have been struggling against nature. Under a White Sky (2021) explores the problems that come about when we win that fight –⁠ and how scientists, engineers, and others are trying to fix them. From the quaint to the grandiose, from the quirky to the terrifying, it’s our responsibility to explore all available remedies for the deep damage we’ve wrought.

Who should read Under a White Sky?

  • Anyone concerned about the state of the natural world
  • Plant and animal lovers
  • Futurists curious about global changes

The Elephant in the Brain

The Elephant in the Brain

Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson
Hidden Motive in Everyday Life
3.8 (70 ratings)

What's The Elephant in the Brain about?

The Elephant in the Brain (2018) explores the selfish motives that drive much of human behavior but which we’d much rather remain unaware of.

Who should read The Elephant in the Brain?

  • Students of psychology and anthropology
  • People interested in evolutionary theory
  • Anyone curious about the dynamics of human behavior



Mark Kurlansky
A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
4.3 (43 ratings)

What's Cod about?

Cod (1997) charts the rise and fall of the codfish. A major commodity in the European market during the discovery of the New World, cod went on to cause national conflicts and, due to overfishing, eventually became vulnerable to extinction. Find out how this fish changed the world only to end up on the verge of oblivion.

Who should read Cod?

  • Foodies interested in the history of seafood
  • Conservationists curious about the dangers of overfishing
  • Students of marine biology

Eating Animals

Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer
The (a)morality of our eating habits and traditions
4.3 (80 ratings)

What's Eating Animals about?

Eating Animals (2009) offers a comprehensive view of the modern meat industry and demonstrates how the entire production process has been so completely perverted that it is unrecognizable as farming anymore.

The book explains the moral and environmental costs incurred to achieve today‘s incredibly low meat prices.

Who should read Eating Animals?

  • Anyone interested in how meat is produced today and what the consequences are for people, animals and the environment.
  • Anyone who thinks of food as an important part of their lives, from full-blooded meat-eaters to vegetarians and vegans.

A Life on Our Planet

A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough
My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future
4.6 (192 ratings)

What's A Life on Our Planet about?

A Life on Our Planet (2020) is celebrated naturalist David Attenborough’s account of the incredible wonders he’s seen in his 94 years on Earth – and a vivid warning of what will happen if we continue on our current path. It’s accompanied by a Netflix documentary of the same name.

Who should read A Life on Our Planet?

  • Anyone who loves nature television
  • Those concerned about global warming
  • People who want to take action to save our planet before it’s too late

The Tangled Tree

The Tangled Tree

David Quammen
A Radical New History of Life
4.6 (34 ratings)

What's The Tangled Tree about?

The Tangled Tree (2018) provides curious readers with a vital recap of the many scientific twists and turns that have taken place in our understanding of evolution since the days of Charles Darwin. Author David Quammen’s lucid explanations will bring you up to speed on all we know and don’t know about how life developed on planet Earth.

Who should read The Tangled Tree?

  • Students of biology and the natural sciences
  • Anyone curious about where life came from
  • Fans and critics of Charles Darwin

Our Inner Ape

Our Inner Ape

Frans de Waal
A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
4.6 (39 ratings)

What's Our Inner Ape about?

Human beings are just as closely related to the gentle bonobos as they are to the aggressive chimpanzees. Frans de Waal compares the lifestyle of these two species of apes, in whose groups opposing characteristics such as sympathy and violence, fairness and greed, and dominance and community spirit clash with one another. Their sexual behavior tells us that we need to rethink the origins of our morality.

Who should read Our Inner Ape?

  • Anyone interested in behaviorism
  • Anyone interested in how morality is established
  • Anyone who wants to know who our ancestors were and what that means for us


Beyond Words

Beyond Words

Carl Safina
What Animals Think and Feel
4.5 (19 ratings)

What's Beyond Words about?

Beyond Words (2015) is an explanation of the animal world’s propensity for thought and feeling. These blinks walk you through the complex societies of the natural world and explain how animals think, experience real emotion and learn.

Who should read Beyond Words?

  • Anyone interested in animals
  • Pet owners
  • People who think humans are unique in nature



George Monbiot
Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life
4.1 (19 ratings)

What's Feral about?

Feral (2013) is both an analysis and a manifesto. Author George Monbiot addresses what people are lacking in their day-to-day lives: nature and true wilderness. The book argues that certain areas should be left to nature and rewilded, and that the benefits of doing so – to both the planet and people – will soon follow.

Who should read Feral?

  • Environmentalists looking for different perspectives
  • Anyone interested in human interactions with nature
  • Land and property administrators looking to broaden their horizons

Our Wild Calling

Our Wild Calling

Richard Louv
How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs
4.5 (43 ratings)

What's Our Wild Calling about?

Our Wild Calling (2020) examines how humans and other animals can enjoy mutually beneficial relationships. It explores stories and philosophy from the ecological movement, and outlines how we can move toward a more hopeful future for all Earthlings. 

Who should read Our Wild Calling?

  • Nature lovers looking for inspiration
  • Office dwellers seeking ways to reconnect with nature
  • Anyone looking for direct ways to respond to global climate change



Philip Lymbery with Isabel Oakeshott
The True Cost of Cheap Meat
4.8 (16 ratings)

What's Farmageddon about?

Farmageddon (2014) is an in-depth guide to the dark reality of cheap meat. These blinks explain how industrial farming has replaced traditional methods and how it’s draining our resources, poisoning the environment and making us unhealthy.

Who should read Farmageddon?

  • Anybody interested in how we can sustainably meet the world’s food needs
  • People curious about how exactly our meat is produced
  • Anyone who wants to make healthier dietary choices



Katharine M. Rogers
How humanity fell in love with our feline companions
4.1 (66 ratings)

What's Cat about?

Cat (2006) offers a lovingly detailed look at the biological, historical and cultural history of our furry feline friends. Each blink looks at a different stage of development, chronicling how the relationship between humans and cats has evolved from horrific superstitious misunderstandings to domesticated bliss. Meow!

Who should read Cat?

  • Cat lovers
  • Those curious about the symbolic meaning of cats
  • Readers interested in cultural history

The Secret World of Weather

The Secret World of Weather

Tristan Gooley
How to Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal, and Dewdrop
4.4 (204 ratings)

What's The Secret World of Weather about?

The Secret World of Weather (2021) teaches you how to speak the forgotten language of local climates. Clouds, winds, plants, and other features of our environment all give us clues about the weather as we actually experience it versus what we’ve heard on the daily forecast. With just a little practice, you’ll find it easy to tune into their secret messages and start making your own weather forecasts.

Who should read The Secret World of Weather?

  • Hikers, bikers, and wandering spirits
  • City dwellers looking to reconnect with nature
  • Anyone who doesn’t quite trust their weather app!

Power, Sex, Suicide

Power, Sex, Suicide

Nick Lane
Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life
4.1 (39 ratings)

What's Power, Sex, Suicide about?

Power, Sex, Suicide (2005) reveals the incredible role that mitochondria play in the evolution of complex life forms. The book looks at various functions of multicellular organisms, including energy generation, cellular relationships and life cycles, and demonstrates the influence of mitochondria in each of these areas.

Who should read Power, Sex, Suicide?

  • Biologists and biology students
  • People interested in the origin and evolution of life
  • Those who want to know more about life, sex and death from a biological perspective

Alex & Me

Alex & Me

Irene Pepperberg
How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence – and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
4.3 (18 ratings)

What's Alex & Me about?

Alex & Me (2008) is the heartfelt memoir of Dr. Irene Pepperberg, who reveals the amazing story of how she, along with her parrot Alex, smashed scientific boundaries with their experiments and research on avian learning, speech and cognition. Their work has forever changed the way we think about animals, as well as how we understand human nature.

Who should read Alex & Me?

  • Animal lovers
  • Students of linguistics, neuroscience and speech
  • Readers who like a good scientific breakthrough

Animal Madness

Animal Madness

Laurel Braitman
How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves
4.0 (31 ratings)

What's Animal Madness about?

Animal Madness (2014) is all about the emotional disorders from which animals suffer and the way these problems resemble psychiatric illnesses in humans. These blinks demonstrate how similar we are to our furry friends and how we can improve the mental well-being of all animals.

Who should read Animal Madness?

  • Readers who want to help their neurotic pet
  • Students of psychology, biology and the history of science
  • Anyone who cares about animal rights



Bill Schutt
A Perfectly Natural History
3.7 (52 ratings)

What's Cannibalism about?

Cannibalism (2017) offers a scientific, historical and cultural approach to the understanding of, well, cannibalism. These blinks explain why animals eat their own, why it’s become so taboo among humans, and why it could come back.

Who should read Cannibalism?

  • Scientists, biologists and sociologists
  • Students interested in evolution and cultural taboos
  • People who love sci-fi and dystopian fiction



Nick Lane
The Molecule That Made the World
4.3 (26 ratings)

What's Oxygen about?

Oxygen (2002) is a guide to the element that is so essential to our very existence that we sometimes forget it even exists. These blinks explain how oxygen enables and boosts life on earth while simultaneously threatening it.

Who should read Oxygen?

  • Anybody fascinated by the evolution of life on Earth
  • Anyone interested in biology, chemistry or physics

The Meat Racket

The Meat Racket

Christopher Leonard
The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business
4.3 (14 ratings)

What's The Meat Racket about?

The Meat Racket (2014) tells the bleak story of how a few giant corporations managed to monopolize the entire meat market in the United States. Through cunning business strategy, massive loans and a fair amount of bullying, companies like Tyson Foods rule the meat industry virtually unchallenged.

Who should read The Meat Racket?

  • Anyone interested in the state of modern agriculture
  • Fast food lovers who believe their chicken nuggets come from Old McDonald’s farm
  • Anyone hoping for a better understanding of where their food originates

The New Breed

The New Breed

Kate Darling
What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots
4.1 (39 ratings)

What's The New Breed about?

The New Breed (2021) offers new insights into the ongoing debate surrounding robots and artificial intelligence. Instead of looking at robots as a human replacement or threat, the author sees a more accurate comparison in the long relationship we’ve had with autonomous animals, which have helped us feel better and get work done.

Who should read The New Breed?

  • Popular science enthusiasts
  • Panicking futurists
  • Technophobes

The Book of Eels

The Book of Eels

Patrik Svensson
Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
4.4 (22 ratings)

What's The Book of Eels about?

The Book of Eels (2020) takes the reader on a zoological odyssey spanning thousands of years. It’s the story of the eel – a creature that has enthralled humanity with its strange and complex life cycle. Countless scientists have dedicated their careers to the enigma of this fish, which has evolved to undergo several metamorphoses over the course of its life and to endure a grueling migration across the Atlantic to breed. But the eel has proven to be an elusive creature, and there are still many secrets about its life that it seems intent on keeping to itself.

Who should read The Book of Eels?

  • Nature lovers who are fascinated by strange stories from the great outdoors
  • Fans of mysteries that stubbornly resist explanation 
  • Environmentalists concerned about humans’ effect on the future of the eel

Honeybee Democracy

Honeybee Democracy

Thomas D. Seeley
A fascinating story of collective wisdom and effective decision-making
4.5 (55 ratings)

What's Honeybee Democracy about?

Honeybee Democracy (2010) traces the fascinating story of how bees decide where to build their new hive. Using highly evolved skills, like independent research and community debate, the bees’ deeply democratic decision-making process is a model we can all learn from. 

Who should read Honeybee Democracy?

  • Popular science enthusiasts with a fondness for insects
  • Politics buffs who want to learn about democratic systems
  • Anyone and everyone who thinks bees are cool

The Bird Way

The Bird Way

Jennifer Ackerman
A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think
4.3 (32 ratings)

What's The Bird Way about?

The Bird Way (2020) is a study of birds that harnesses both the expertise of the scientist and the joy of the birdwatcher. A celebration of the mind-boggling diversity of birds and their behavior, it explores the globe in pursuit of the inner workings of the avian mind. From Costa Rica’s teeming rainforests to the magpie-menaced suburbs of Australian cities, it explores how birds as different as ant followers, parrots, raptors, and ravens play, parent, and hunt.

Who should read The Bird Way?

  • Birdwatchers 
  • Scientists 
  • Nature lovers

Comfortably Unaware

Comfortably Unaware

Richard A. Oppenlander
What We Choose to Eat is Killing Us and Our Planet
4.0 (26 ratings)

What's Comfortably Unaware about?

Comfortably Unaware (2012) is about the impact our food choices are having on the planet. It explains how the animals that are raised for us to eat end up polluting our waters, soil and air, and why our natural resources are poorly managed.

Who should read Comfortably Unaware?

  • Meat and fish eaters
  • People who want to become environmentally conscious
  • Anyone who wants to understand the impact of our daily choices

The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds

Jennifer Ackerman
Behold the brilliance of birds!
4.5 (23 ratings)

What's The Genius of Birds about?

The Genius of Birds (2016) is all about the incredible intellect of these winged creatures. These blinks explain the many ways birds display their intelligence, from tool making and navigation to memory and song.

Who should read The Genius of Birds?

  • People who want to know why birds chirp outside their window every morning
  • Anyone curious about neurological research in animals

The World Without Us

The World Without Us

Alan Weisman
If humankind were to vanish, what would be left?
4.3 (31 ratings)

What's The World Without Us about?

The World Without Us (2007) outlines the fictional scenario where, all of a sudden, the whole of mankind disappears. With humanity missing, the process by which nature claims back what was once hers is described. Although most of the footprints left by humanity would be gone after a relatively short period, some would remain. Among these remnants would be some of the many toxic substances released by mankind, meaning that, even after we’ve gone, the damaging effects of human civilization would linger.



Who should read The World Without Us?

  • Anyone who wonders what damage humans have already done to nature
  • Anyone who wants to know if nature can recover from human interference
  • Anyone who wonders what will survive of our human culture




Lisa Margonelli
An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology
4.6 (20 ratings)

What's Underbug about?

Underbug (2018) explores the fascinating world of a bug so unloved it might just beat cockroaches in an unpopularity contest – the termite. The result of years of research and interviews with biologists, entomologists, and geneticists, Lisa Margonelli’s study sets out to rescue the reputation of this underappreciated creature. Along the way she explores termites’ remarkable architectural powers, unpacks their strange relationship with a 250 million-year-old fungus, and shows how the microbes in their guts might just help us create a more sustainable future. 

Who should read Underbug?

  • Scientists  
  • Nature-lovers 
  • Amateur entomologists

Your Inner Fish

Your Inner Fish

Neil Shubin
A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
4.7 (16 ratings)

What's Your Inner Fish about?

Drawing on findings from paleontology, genetics and developmental biology, Your Inner Fish describes the evolutionary history of the human body, tracing it back to the fish. The author shows how studying fossils, genes and embryonic development can help us understand our complex evolutionary past.

Who should read Your Inner Fish?

●  Anyone who wants to know more about our evolutionary past
●  Anyone interested in genetics, developmental biology and paleontology
●  Anyone who wants to know how we can detect the inner fish in our bodies

Project Animal Farm

Project Animal Farm

Sonia Faruqi
An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth About Our Food
3.5 (11 ratings)

What's Project Animal Farm about?

Project Animal Farm (2015) is all about one of the most harmful industries of our time: the modern mass production of meat, eggs and milk. It delves into the horrible conditions farm animals are kept in and the dangerous effects of factory farming on humans, animals and the environment.

Who should read Project Animal Farm?

  • Meat eaters
  • Animal rights or environmentalist activists
  • Anyone who wants to know where their food comes from



Martin Wallen
The Cultural History of this Mystical Animal
4.3 (12 ratings)

What's Fox about?

To simply explain the fascinating animal known as the fox in biological terms wouldn’t do it justice. This mysterious animal has long been the subject of countless stories and myths and cultures around the world have developed their own unique perception of the animal. Fox (2006) dives into these many myths and stories, and also shows how the fox continues to influence our language and culture.

Who should read Fox?

  • Linguists who wonder why we say “foxy”
  • Sociologists curious about how stories change the way we think about a species
  • Animal-rights activists who wonder why the fox has gotten a bad rap



Thor Hanson
The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
4.2 (10 ratings)

What's Feathers about?

Feathers (2011) is all about the evolution and significance of our quilled comrades, the birds. These blinks explain how feathers originated, why they’re unique and how they have affected everything from human culture to technology.

Who should read Feathers?

  • Nature enthusiasts
  • Biologists and zoologists
  • Pilots, flight attendants and anyone interested in flying

A Sky Full of Birds

A Sky Full of Birds

Matt Merritt
In Search of Murders, Murmurations and Britain’s Great Bird Gatherings

What's A Sky Full of Birds about?

A Sky Full of Birds (2016) is a celebration of birdlife in Britain. These blinks offer fascinating insights into mating rituals and migration patterns and explain the cultural significance of murmurations, murders, swan songs, and more.

Who should read A Sky Full of Birds?

  • British birdwatchers keen to know more about their local wildlife
  • Avian enthusiasts interested in what the United Kingdom has to offer
  • Readers curious about the role of birds in British culture

Lesser Beasts

Lesser Beasts

Mark Essig
A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig

What's Lesser Beasts about?

Lesser Beasts (2015) relates the long and fascinating history of the pig. Often considered an inferior creature, the pig is actually the sole animal that has stayed connected to us since the beginning of our existence. The pig’s reputation has taken plenty of blows over the years – and today, due to modern farming practices, its welfare may be suffering more than ever.

Who should read Lesser Beasts?

  • Farmers who want to learn more about hog history
  • Anthropologists interested in our relationship with food over the ages
  • Foodies curious about the development of human dietary habits



Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers
The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health
4.5 (11 ratings)

What's Zoobiquity about?

Zoobiquity describes the intimate similarities between humans and other animals by examining topics such as sexuality, health and psychological development. It illustrates how we, as humans, could have much to gain by increasing our understanding of the animals we share our planet with.

Who should read Zoobiquity?

  • Anyone interested in medicine
  • Anyone interested in biology or zoology
  • Anyone interested in animals

Dazzled and Deceived

Dazzled and Deceived

Peter Forbes
Mimicry and Camouflage

What's Dazzled and Deceived about?

Dazzled and Deceived (2009) explores the fascinating phenomenon of camouflage and mimicry in nature, where animals act like leaves and harmless prey look like ferocious predators. These blinks examine how the science of camouflage has influenced not only artistic expression but also how humans fight and win wars.

Who should read Dazzled and Deceived?

  • Biology lovers
  • Artists looking for inspiration
  • Fans of military history

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