A wonder-inducing guide to the world's most far-fetched creatures, long-listed for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. From Axolotl to Zebrafish, readers will discover a whole host of real creatures that are even more astonishing than anything found in the pages of a medieval bestiary. 'Here is the key to nature's secret cupboard, featuring the animals that have eluded our gaze. Seek no further for the dream gift' "Irish Times"
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 won the Roger Deakin Award of the Society of Authors and the Jerwood Award of the Royal Society of Literature for this book as a work in progress.