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Keggie Carew

Animals and us – the 40,000 year story

Keggie is the author of DADLAND which won the 2016 Costa Biography Award and was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Her latest book, BEASTLY, throws readers headlong into the mind-blowing glittering pageant of life, and goes in search of our most revealing encounters with the animal world to show where we’ve come from and where we’re going. What does it mean when a young woman befriends a boar, a gorilla tells a joke, or a fish thinks? Beastly is the 40,000-year story of our changing kinship, reframing our understanding of what it is like to be an animal and what our role is as humans. There has never been a greater urgency to understand this foundational relationship, it has shaped our lives, our land, our civilisation, and our planet, but if reimagined, could save it.

Keggie lives in Wiltshire with her husband, Jonathan, where they have rewilded 24 acres at Underhill Wood Nature Reserve for fauna, flora and the education of young people.

Beastly: A new history of animals and us