The Longest Story: How Humans Have Loved, Hated and Misunderstood Other Species By Richard Girling
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Author: Richard Girling

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Publisher: Simon & Schuser

Richard Girling
The Longest Story: How Humans Have Loved, Hated and Misunderstood Other Species
Available at Simon and Schuster
ISBN13: 9780861540563


"An extraordinary book, brimming with wisdom and insight. Richard Girling holds up a horrifying mirror for us: how can the cleverest creature on earth be so unutterably stupid?"
– Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer

"A brilliant book. Absorbing and – yes – shaming."
– Stanley Johnson, Ambassador, Compassion in World Farming; Winner of RSPCA Richard Martin Award

"The Longest Story is a compelling and thought-inspiring search inside our moral selves. Through masterful introspection, Girling delves into our relationships, fascinations and follies with animals. He tracks the origins of attitudes, unpacks contradictions and asks whether our interactions with other species holds the key to our own survival. In an age of extinction, this is essential reading."
– Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming and author of Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat

"The Longest Storyy blends natural history, philosophy, and narrative artistry to explore the connections between humans and animals, from prehistory to the present and the future. Written in descriptive, almost lyrical prose… The Longest Story is brimming cover to cover with fascinating facts."
– Midwest Book Review

"Girling brings immediacy to his engaging commentary, whether he’s exploring ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, or the twenty-first century… This thoughtful offering is a plea for readers to respect life in all forms."
– Booklist

"Richard Girling’s The Longest Story is a social science examination of the relationships between humans and animals – a topic that’s seldom considered, but is close at hand and environmentally relevant… mythic in scope and style… it works toward a stunning conclusion about where humans should look for wisdom."
– Foreword Reviews

About the Author:

Richard Girling is an award-winning writer and the author of eight critically-acclaimed books, including The Man Who Ate the Zoo. He has been centrally involved in environmental writing and journalism since the mid 1970s, pioneering writing about climate change, species loss and humankind’s tortuous relationships with insects, fish, birds and animals.

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