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How to Love Animals by Henry Mance review – the case against modern farming

Turning vegan ... a series of investigations, presented with humour and humility, into our contradictory relationships with pets, livestock and wildlife

While researching this book, Henry Mance worked briefly in an abattoir, or “a disassembly line”, as he aptly terms it. As he watched sheep being stunned, their throats slit and then hung up, still twitching, from metal hooks on a motorised track, Mance asked himself: “How did humans come to this?”

His book is an attempt to answer that question, as well as an exploration of how our attitudes to pets, livestock and wild animals have changed through history: “I wanted to know whether my love for animals was reflected in how I behaved, or whether – like my love for arthouse films – it was mainly theoretical.”

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Birdsong in a Time of Silence by Steven Lovatt review – lockdown's high notes

An illustrated record begun in the ‘strangest spring’ of 2020 celebrates the enduring beauty and c...

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The Emperor’s Feast by Jonathan Clements review – the story of Chinese food

From Nanjing roast duck to ‘barbarian pepper’ and dim sum ... a splendid introduction to the compl...

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A Tomb With a View by Peter Ross review – the glory of graveyards

An evocative and uplifting study of cemeteries, where every headstone has a story to tellOn 20 March...

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Nala’s World by Dean Nicholson – one man and his cat

The round-the-world cycle ride that turned into an internet sensation – with the help of a feline c...

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The SS Officer's Armchair by Daniel Lee review – the life of an 'ordinary Nazi'

The compelling story of tracking down the secrets of a ‘desk murderer’ and confronting his family ...

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Emperors of the Deep by William McKeever review – how sharks are misunderstood

The plight of a much maligned predator is investigated in this plea to respect the life in our ocean...

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