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How to be Animal by Melanie Challenger

How to Be Animal: A New History of What it Means to Be Human

Melanie Challenger

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Imprint: Canongate Books Ltd
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781786895714

Combining popular science, history and moral philosophy, this is a wide-ranging and radical new take on the human story and what it means for us today

4 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
17 Feb 2021

"In her attempt to show how our relationship with other living things has become so out of kilter and destructive, Melanie Challenger makes a convincing case against “human exceptionalism,”"

There are plenty of books I could recommend on each one of Challenger’s topics, but this book skilfully braids all of them. There are some parts that irked – the old “we are all stardust”, which is true, as is “we are all waste from a nuclear explosion,” a faintly misty plea for appreciating the richness around us – but overall this is an excellent primer to the problems we have caused and that we face.