BOOKS

Only the Animals

Ceridwen Dovey

RRP: £8.99

6 August 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782397175

RRP: £5.99

5 February 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782397182

Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human.

The souls of ten animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century tell their astonishing stories of life and death. In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette’s theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo a bear starving to death tells a fairytale. And a dolphin sent to Iraq by the US Navy writes a letter to Sylvia Plath.

Exquisitely written, playful and poignant, Only the Animals is a remarkable literary achievement by this bright young writer. An animal’s-eye view of humans at our brutal, violent worst and our creative, imaginative best, it asks us to find our way back to empathy not only for animals, but for other people, and to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction.