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Description - Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book by Dr Helen Scales

An accessible, authoritative and entertaining introduction to Octopuses for adult readers.

Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Octopuses is a clear, authoritative and entertaining introduction to these eight-armed, ink-making, soft-bodied wonders.

There's something strange about octopuses, something that makes them quite unlike any other animals on Earth. With their suckered arms they reach into our imaginations, grab hold and don't let go.

Sometimes the octopuses we conjure are charming and companionable. Ringo Starr invited us beneath the waves, to the welcoming seclusion of an Octopuses' Garden. More often, the fictional octopuses we invite into our world are far more frightening - Jules fearsome pack of poulpes in 20,000 leagues under the sea, Octopussy and her gang of female gangsters encountered by James Bond, and of course H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu.

Written by celebrated marine biologist and documentarian Helen Scales, Octopuses reveals how our familiarity with all these fun and formidable octopuses has, at least until recently, been at odds with our understanding of the real, living creatures. Gradually we're discovering that fact is often far stranger than fiction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780718189099
ISBN-10: 0718189094
Format: Hardback
(179mm x 118mm x 9mm)
Pages: 56
Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Mar-2019
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dr Helen Scales

Helen Scales is a marine biologist, writer, broadcaster, surfer and diver. When she's not on or under the waves, she writes and talks about the connections between people, science and the living world. She's a tutor at the University of Cambridge and advises the charity Sea Changers on how to help safeguard British sea life. Her recent book Spirals in Time was picked as book of the year by The Economist, Nature, The Times and The Guardian and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

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