Esther Woolfson

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Are humans really superior to animals? Beginning with the very origins of life on Earth, Esther Woolfson considers prehistoric human–animal interaction and the consequences of our belief in human superiority. She explores our representation of animals in art, our consumption of them for food, our experiments on them for science, and our willingness to slaughter them for sport and fashion, as well as examining concepts of love and ownership. Drawing on philosophy and theology, art and history, as well as her own experience, Woolfson examines some of the complex ethical issues surrounding our treatment of animals and argues passionately for a more humble, more humane, relationship with the creatures who share our world.

Genial, readable, warm-hearted and on nature's side” – Richard Mabey 

About the author: Esther Woolfson grew up in Glasgow and studied Chinese at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Edinburgh University. Her acclaimed short stories have appeared in many anthologies and have been read on Radio 4. She is the author of Corvus: A Life with Birds and has won prizes for both her stories and her nature writing. Her previous book, Field Notes from a Hidden City, was shortlisted for the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing.. 


In conversation with Polly Pullar