Wallace Heim writes:
Caspar Henderson’s The Book of Barely Imagined Beings. A 21st Century Bestiary came out this month, published by Granta. Here on Ashdenizen, Caspar contributed to our metaphors for sustainability with coral reef. And on the Ashden Directory, he was part of our panel on theatre and climate change in 2006.
Robert Macfarlane calls The Book of Barely Imagined Beings a genre-bending grimoire, a spell-book of species.
Reviewers are marveling at how the compendium of real animals, from the axolotl to the zebra fish, prompts Caspar’s essays on the nature of seeing, walking or being:
Philip Hoare in the Literary Review
The advance reviewsare by Robert Macfarlane, Frans de Waal, Callum Roberts, Simon Critchley, Roman Krznaric and Richard Holloway.
Real Monstrosities calls it ‘fantastic!‘.
Caspar blogs at The Book of Barely Imagined Beings.
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