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The Unexpected Truth About Animals: Brilliant natural history, starring lovesick hippos, stoned sloths, exploding bats and frogs in taffeta trousers... (Hardback)
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The Unexpected Truth About Animals: Brilliant natural history, starring lovesick hippos, stoned sloths, exploding bats and frogs in taffeta trousers... (Hardback)

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'Endlessly fascinating.' - Bill Bryson 'Eye-opening, informative and very funny!' - Chris Packham 'Well-informed and downright funny' - Richard Dawkins Featured on BBC Radio's 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage and on BBC Radio 6 with Cerys Matthews History is full of strange animal stories invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney. But when it comes to understanding animals, we've got a long way to go. Whether we're watching a viral video of romping baby pandas or looking at a picture of penguins `holding hands', we often project our own values - innocence, abstinence, hard work - onto animals. So you've probably never considered that moose get drunk and that penguins are notorious cheats. In The Unexpected Truth About Animals Zoologist Lucy unravels many such myths - that eels are born from sand, that swallows hibernate under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that are licked into shape by their mothers - to show that the stories we create reveal as much about us as they do about the animals. Astonishing, illuminating and laugh-out-loud funny.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857524119
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 614 g
Dimensions: 222 x 162 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A riot of facts....Cooke scores a series of goals with style and panache." -- James Marriott * The Times *
"Beautifully written, meticulously researched, with the science often couched in outrageous asides, this is a splendid read. In fact, I cannot remember when I last enjoyed a non-fiction work so much." -- William Hartston * Daily Express *
"Best science pick. Sigmund Freud's first paper involved the dissection of eels in an attempt to locate their testes. To his frustration, Freud failed to find any. The eel's life cycle remains slippery, notes natural-history broadcaster Lucy Cooke in her deeply researched, sassily written history of "the biggest misconceptions, mistakes and myths we've concocted about the animal kingdom", spread by figures from Aristotle to Walt Disney. Other chapters spotlight the sloth, vulture, hippopotamus, panda, chimpanzee and others, and dismantle anthropocentric cliches with scientific, global evidence." -- Barbara Kiser * Nature *
"Lucy Cooke's The Unexpected Truth About Animals was a joy from beginning to end. Who could resist a writer who argues that penguins have been pulling the wool over our eyes for years, and that, far from being cute and gregarious, they are actually pathologically unpleasant necrophiliacs?" -- John Crace * Guardian *
"Packed with knowledge and eye-opening animal history . . . almost every page contains something startling. In bringing us all this information, Cooke has clearly done her homework - travelling the world to see the animals for herself, and consulting many obscure books . . . a winning combination of thorough knowledge, lots of good jokes and a passionate love of animals that means Cooke can even mount convincing defences of such despised creatures as vultures. An often eye-popping, occasionally hair-raising, but ultimately joyous reminder of just how strange our world is. " * Daily Mail *
"Lucy Cooke unravels myths that will make you laugh out loud. Her knowledge of all things, furry, slimy and scaly is jaw-dropping." * Sun *
"Each of Cooke's thirteen breezy yet fact-stuffed chapters traces the origins of a long-standing myth about a species or class of animal." -- Jennie Erin Smith * TLS *
"Best of the year's Natural History. Best for Fun Facts. Fascinating." * Mail on Sunday *
"TOP AUTUMN BOOK PICKS: Lucy Cooke's fascinating book is full of mind-boggling stuff. Cooke takes much pleasure in throwing in all manner of amazing facts." * Reader's Digest *
"The eclectic stories come thick and fast, with an equally varied human cast dedicated to uncovering the truth, scientifically or otherwise. Cooke illuminates and mickey-takes in equal measure, and the truth as she tells it is not only unexpected but often bizarre, bawdy and very, very funny. " -- Amy-Jane Beer * BBC Wildlife *
"BOOK OF THE WEEK: Highly amusing and enlightening new book [from] brilliant zoologist Lucy Cooke." * The Idler *
"The rising star of natural history ... is she the new David Attenborough?" -- Sam Machell * The Times *
"Fantastic. The new Origin of Species. A proper page turner." * Vic Reeves *
"This 21st century bestiary is as surprising as it is diverse. Consummate natural history writing: illuminating, remarkable - and very, very funny." * Professor Alice Roberts *
"Fascinating facts combined with hilarious ridiculousness." * Tony Robinson *
"Beautifully written, funny and jam-packed with astonishing information." * John Lloyd *
"A compendium of intriguing and revelatory animal information - you may find dolphins go down in your estimation, while hyenas go up ..." * Robin Ince *
"An eye opening , informative and hysterical history of our ideas about animals - very funny !" * Chris Packham *
"Clever, thoughtful, accessible and, above all, so SO funny." * Henry Nicholls *
"Endlessly fascinating." * Bill Bryson *

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Emily at York

“I did not expect this book to be SO hilarious!”

This was a great fun read to dip in and out of. Each chapter on a different animal, looking at research over the years to find what we learnt and more importantly what we still don't know them. It's full of... More

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“The Unexpected Trust About Animals, Lucy Cooke ”

Great. Book full of little known facts well written and some very funny anecdotes.

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“Amazingly informative and fabulously funny”

What a great book!

The Unexpected Truth About Animals is split into chapters about each different animal. Lucy Cooke explores the history of philosophical and scientific thought right up to the present day for each... More

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