The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st-century Bestiary

Author(s): Caspar Henderson


From Axolotl to Zebrafish, discover a host of barely imagined beings: real creatures that are often 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, inviting us to better imagine the precarious world we inhabit. A witty, vivid blend of pioneering natural history and spiritual primer, infectiously celebratory about life's sheer ingenuity and variety, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is a mind-expanding, wonder-inducing read.


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An entrancing guide to the world's most far-fetched creatures - a unique blend of cutting-edge science and philosophical meditation on what we humans can learn from the extraordinary animals around us

Short-listed for Society of Biology Book Awards: General Biology Book 2013 (UK) and British Book Design & Production Award: Best British Book 2013 (UK). Long-listed for Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013 (UK).

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).

General Fields

  • : 9781847082442
  • : Granta Books
  • : Granta Books
  • : July 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Caspar Henderson
  • : Paperback
  • : Dec-17
  • : Golbanou Moghaddas
  • : 590
  • : 448
  • : Illustrationsstrations (black and white, and colour)