[a] magnificent new compendium... [Caspar Henderson writes] with clear vision and lucid citation, but also with a marked compassion... [His] eye is unerring, while his writing is often witty and always revealing. Marshalling an extraordinary body of knowledge, from scientific papers to archaic manuscripts, through 'deep time' to the origins of life itself, he presents a synoptic, nuanced view of nature. ...[an] engrossing, fact-filled yet poetic book is an excellent attempt to understand the nature of the gulf between [humans and other animals].
17 October 2012
Review by Philip Hoare
In the Literary Review, Philip Hoare says The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is: