This beautiful series of meditations concerns the differences and interdependencies between our ideas about human and animal nature. Gaita employs his characteristically arresting prose to describe some of his important encounters with animals, the exploration of which leads to a deepened sense of ourselves as creatures, though of an irreducibly distinctive kind
Bluets - It hasn't even been a year since I first read this book, but upon a re-read I am starting to think it is the kind of book that should be read at least once a year. If you have ever missed someone to the point that it literally hurts, this is one of those books that lets you know that someone feels the same way, and though it's difficult to imagine in the moment, maybe they even feel worse.
So true! I have bought dozens of this book to give to friends (and some strangers). It's a magnificent broad sweep of the history of human development answering a seemingly simple question posed to the author by a New Guinean elder: “Why do white people have so much cargo, but we New Guineans have so little?” The answers will challenge your preconceptions and, I think, humble you a little.
The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean by Viscount John Julius Norwich. A magnificent undertaking: a one-volume narrative history of the Mediterranean Sea from Ancient Egypt to 1919, written in the racy readable prose for which John Julius Norwich is famous.