“Wrestling with words gave me my moments of greatest meaning.” —Richard Wright

“Enlightening…an enthralling look at a pivotal period in the history of biology.”
—Publishers’ Weekly

Engaging and thought-provoking…focused on the theatrical politics and often deeply troubling science that shape our definitions of life on Earth.”
—New York Times

A lively, panoramic contribution to the history of science.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“A fluent and engaging account of the 18th-century origins of Darwinism before Darwin.”
—Wall Street Journal

“A vibrant scientific saga…at once important, outrageous, enlightening, entertaining, enduring.”
—Dava Sobel, author of Longitude

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Hello. I’m a writer of narrative nonfiction and fiction. My latest book is Every Living Thing: The Great and Deadly Race to Know All Life, now available from Random House (US), Doubleday (Canada), and Quercus/Riverrun (UK). I’m also the author of A Sense of the World, available in several editions and translations. Puppies are nice, but old dogs have a dignity we could all learn from. You ever know an old dog that didn’t have dignity? Anyway, nice of you to visit. Feel free to poke around.