Lucy Cooke is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, produced, and directed several popular documentary series for the BBC, PBS, Discovery, and National Geographic. Her first book, A Little Book of Sloth, was a New York Times bestseller. She hold an MA in zoology from the University of Oxford. She lives in London.
"A surefire summer winner...even Cooke's simple facts are funny."--New York Times Book Review One of the New York Times Book Review's "17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer" "Lucy Cooke's new book makes Playboy seem as tedious and tame as a phone book...In her delightful reading of natural history, [Cooke] is both scientist and standup comic...Trained as an academic, Cooke's writing style is anything but--rather, it's bawdy, irreverent, guiltless, sometimes locker-room-ish and comedic. She makes you feel she's having fun as she pounds out the words...The Truth About Animals is a great read and fascinating fun."--Winnipeg Free Press "Cooke's extensive travels, research and delightful sense of humor make The Truth about Animals a fascinating modern bestiary."--Seattle Times "Cooke, founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society, raises the profile of many poorly understood animals, revealing surprising, and often hilarious, truths that are much better than the fictions."--Scientific American "BOOK OF THE WEEK: Highly amusing and enlightening new book [from] brilliant zoologist Lucy Cooke."--The Idler (UK) "Lucy Cooke unravels myths that will make you laugh out loud. Her knowledge of all things, furry, slimy and scaly is jaw-dropping."--The Sun (UK) "Beautifully written, meticulously researched, with the science often couched in outrageous asides, this is a splendid read. In fact, I cannot remember when I last enjoyed a non-fiction work so much."--Daily Express (UK) "A riot of facts....Cooke scores a series of goals with style and panache."--The Times (UK) "TOP AUTUMN BOOK PICKS: Lucy Cooke's fascinating book is full of mind-boggling stuff. Cooke takes much pleasure in throwing in all manner of amazing facts."--Reader's Digest (UK) "The rising star of natural history ... is she the new David Attenborough?"--The Times (UK) "As surprising as it is diverse. Consummate natural history writing: illuminating, remarkable - and very, very funny." --Alice Roberts, author of The Complete Human Body and The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being "The eclectic stories come thick and fast, with an equally varied human cast dedicated to uncovering the truth, scientifically or otherwise. Cooke illuminates and mickey-takes in equal measure, and the truth as she tells it is not only unexpected but often bizarre, bawdy and very, very funny. "--BBC Wildlife (UK) "Each of Cooke's thirteen breezy yet fact-stuffed chapters traces the origins of a long-standing myth about a species or class of animal."--Times Literary Supplement (UK) "Lucy Cooke's [The Truth About Animals] was a joy from beginning to end. Who could resist a writer who argues that penguins have been pulling the wool over our eyes for years, and that, far from being cute and gregarious, they are actually pathologically unpleasant necrophiliacs?"--The Guardian (UK) "Readers keen on animals and natural history in general should find Cooke's discussion fascinating and educational."--Publishers Weekly "[A] lighthearted but scientifically rigorous exploration...A pleasure for the budding naturalist in the family--or fans of Gerald Durrell and other animals."--Kirkus Reviews "[An] intriguing and amusing survey of some unusual facets of animal behavior...Cooke puts scientific errors, some of them hilarious, into historical context."--Booklist "In the end, the history of zoology reveals as much about our human foibles as about the animals we study. And this book will leave readers more enlightened about both."--Science News "[A] deeply researched, sassily written history of 'the biggest misconceptions, mistakes and myths we've concocted about the animal kingdom, ' spread by figures from Aristotle to Walt Disney." --Nature "Lucy Cooke takes equal delight in natural oddities and in people's long struggles to understand them. Part history, part biology, and wholly entertaining, The Truth About Animals is a quirky and edifying romp."--Thor Hanson, author of Buzz, Feathers, and The Triumph of Seeds "Lucy Cooke's modern bestiary is as well-informed as you'd expect from an Oxford zoologist. It's also downright funny."--Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene, and The Ancestor's Tale, and emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford "Endlessly fascinating."--Bill Bryson, author of A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, and In a Sunburned Country