The Longest Story

Pages: 336
Imprint: Oneworld

The Longest Story

How humans have loved, hated and misunderstood other species

Richard Girling

The love-hate history of humans and animals
9780861540563 (1 Jul 2021)
RRP £20.00 / US$30.00

The Book

The contradictions and moral ambiguities of our collective attitudes to animals are baffling. By telling the love-hate story of man and beast, from their first acquaintance in deep prehistory to the present day and beyond, award-winning environmental journalist Richard Girling reveals how and where the contradictions began - and how they have persisted, warped and become magnified ever since. 

In dazzling prose, The Longest Story discusses the cumulative influence of theologians, writers, artists, philosophers and scientists across the centuries, bringing us face to face with current debates on extinction, animal rights, pets, experiments and religion.

Additional Information

Pages 336
Imprint Oneworld


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 with environmental writing since the early 1970s, when he helped to make The Sunday Times a pioneering force in what was then a novel subject for national newspapers. As a section editor he commissioned some of the earliest investigative work on climate change and species loss. He lives in north Norfolk.


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