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  • Published: 17 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780857524133
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $48.00

Bitch

A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal



Award-winning zoologist, broadcaster and author Lucy Cooke takes the reader on an incredibly timely and important global journey to meet the animals and scientists that are helping to redefine what is female.

'Beautifully written, very funny and deeply important - Lucy Cooke blows two centuries of sexist myths right out of biology.' PROFESSOR ALICE ROBERTS
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What does it mean to be female? Mother, carer, the weaker sex? Think again.
In the last few decades a revolution has been brewing in zoology and evolutionary biology. Lucy Cooke introduces us to a riotous cast of animals, and the scientists studying them, that are redefining the female of the species.

Meet the female lemurs of Madagascar, our ancient primate cousins that dominate the males of their species physically and politically.

Or female albatross couples, hooking up together to raise their chicks in Hawaii.

Or the meerkat mothers of the Kalahari Desert - the most murderous mammals on the planet.

The bitches in BITCH overturn outdated binary expectations of bodies, brains, biology and behaviour. Lucy Cooke's brilliant new book will change how you think - about sex, sexual identity and sexuality in animals and also the very forces that shape evolution.
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Praise for Lucy's previous book THE UNEXPECTED TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS
'Endlessly fascinating' - Bill Bryson
'A fabulous read' - Sue Perkins
'I cannot remember when I enjoyed a non-fiction book so much' - Daily Express
'A joy from beginning to end' - Guardian
'Best science pick: deeply researched, sassily written' - Nature

  • Published: 17 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780857524133
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $48.00

About the author

Lucy Cooke

Lucy Cooke is an award-winning broadcaster and filmmaker with a Masters in zoology from Oxford university (where she was tutored by Richard Dawkins).
She began her career working behind the scenes in television comedy but is now an increasingly familiar face on natural history TV, having presented prime time series for BBC, ITV and National Geographic.
She writes for the Telegraph and the Huffington Post. Her only previous book (a picture book about sloths – A Little Book of Sloth) was a New York Times bestseller.

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