The Book of Vanishing Species: Illustrated Lives (Hardback)
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The Book of Vanishing Species: Illustrated Lives (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 13/10/2022
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From the dragonlike olm to the hawksbill turtle, Forshall records the existence of a host of remarkable creatures at risk of extinction through both illuminating text and stunning illustration.

Our Earth is more beautiful and more diverse than we can possibly conceive of. The Book of Vanishing Species is a stunning homage to the planet's most mysterious, bizarre and wondrous creatures and plants.

Their stories are captivating, from the eyeless and tiny dragonlike olm to the hawksbill turtle, whose gender will be determined by the temperature of the sand it is born in. These species may have survived for hundreds of thousands of years by cleverly adapting to their environments, but their future remains far from certain. The book brings to life red cranes as they dance and bow for the sheer joy of movement, trees that breathe out a haze of misty atmosphere for insects that only feast on one kind of flower, a deep-ocean snail quietly building its shell from iron... and each one of them is illuminated with an exquisite illustration.

As you turn the pages, there emerges a network of life that stretches across and around the planet in a dazzling web of existence. This is both a love letter to life on Earth, and an urgent summons to protect what is precious and lovely in this world.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526623775
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 265 x 180 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Bea Forshall’s images make the heart sing, but her beautiful, revelatory text also makes one weep. From dung beetles to lemurs, we may lose these extraordinary creatures. Forshall makes us fall in love with them, all over again. Let’s hope, to stir us into action, so these wonders don’t join the ranks of dodos and Tasmanian tigers' - Isabella Tree

'This wonderful book, with Beatrice Forshall's superb engravings, serves to remind us of the wonder and beauty of some of the species that may disappear for ever unless we take action to save them - now and before it is too late' - Dr Jane Goodall

'Through her prose and illustrations, Forshall makes a passionate case for protecting each and every one of these species' - The Times

'Forshall might not have a scientific background, but her poetic, human perspective and unique artistry are incredibly moving... The Book of Vanishing Species is both a celebration of our world and an urgent call to action' - BBC Wildlife Magazine

'Forshall's synthesis of artisanal craft, the artist’s eye and the sensibilities of an idealistic yet clear eyed environmentalist…is thrilling' - Sir Tim Smit

'Beatrice draws you into the sublime wonder of the Brazil nut tree, snakes head fritillary or the albatross and then, with gentle frankness enlightens you on their plight. Somehow it left me feeling more motivated, not just devastated, which is a testament to the skill of the author' - Geetie Singh-Watson

'As well as a beautiful celebration, this book is a call to arms' - Chloë Ashby

'Our disappearing flora and fauna are lovingly described and wittily illustrated in Beatrice Forshall's homage to what we are about to lose' - Daunts Books

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