Two of our finest non-fiction writers present an urgent exploration of the complexity of our relationship with the wild.
Beastly, from Costa Prize-winning author, Keggie Carew, is the 40,000-year story of animals and humans as it has never been captured before, seen eye-to-eye and claw-to-hand through those humans who have stepped into the myriad worlds of our animal relatives. Our relationship with animals has always been paradoxical, but the greatest paradox may yet be this: diversity of life can heal ecosystems. Animals – if given the chance – could save us.
In his new book, Cry of the Wild, the acclaimed author Charles Foster transports us into the lives of the wild animals around us. Meet a fox, grown strong on pepperoni pizza from the dustbins of the East End, dancing along a railway track towards Essex, the territory of wild foxes and wilder huntsmen; an orca, mourning the loss of her mother in a valley west of Skye, who knows that she must now lead the pod as matriarch; an otter floating slowly downstream in concert with the tide and the stars.
Chaired by Horatio Clare.