Author Richard Girling’s The Longest Story: How Humans Have Loved, Hated and Misunderstood Other Species has been praised for its lucid prose and persuasive argument.
It cycles through the influence of philosophers, theologians, writers, farmers, artists and activists on humanity’s relationship with the animal kingdom.
Here, Girling selects his top five books on learning more about animals.
01 Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
Williamson’s still-unsurpassed classic combines poetic imagination with close observation of a wild animal in its natural environment. To survive, the young otter must cope with threats from other creatures of the wild as well as persecution by humans. The final, climactic encounter between Tarka and the otter-hound Deadlock is an heroic battle of wills and savage instincts.
02 Mama’s Last Hu by Frans de Waal