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Bat, by Tessa Laird (cover)

Publisher: Reaktion Books, London

Publication Year: 2018

Binding: Softback

Page Count: 224

ISBN Number: 9781780238944

Price: £ 12.95


‘Bat’ is an interesting dissection of the many different sides of bats, from both a biological and a cultural view point. The book is full of intriguing, bizarre and astonishing facts about bats, from biology, pop culture, mythology, literature and art. The main focus is on the interaction of bats and human life - the way they are portrayed within different cultures, the effect that has on the cultural opinion and what that means for their protection in the law or lack thereof.

Due to the mystery surrounding bats, they are frequently misunderstood and feared. Bats are associated with demons, devils and commonly in modern western culture, vampires. Too often considered demonic creatures of the night, they are in fact major contributors to pollinating the planet and in fact rarely spread disease.

‘Bat’ is a celebration, showing the positive side of bats and uncovering many of the mysteries they have been shrouded in for so long.

Book reviewed by Hazel Evans

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