...the true literary ambition and inspiration that motivates [the] astoundingly interesting essays [in this book] is the freewheeling philosophical writing of...Montaigne.
bravura [essays]...exuberantly learned, [this] book...is much more than a basic bestiary. Physically, it is beautiful...Politically, it is decidedly green, but Henderson prefers lyricism to anguished howling...There is as much about the future as the past...
Eileen Battersby at The Irish Times includes Barely Imagined Beings among her Top titles from a reading year.
(Image of Ichthyostega by Nobu Tamura)