The Golden Mole: and Other Living Treasure

Katherine Rundell

A gloriously illustrated and fascinating bestiary of the world’s most extraordinary endangered animals – a treasure trove of vanishing wonders.

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A swift flies two million kilometres in its lifetime. That’s far enough to get to the moon and back twice over – and then once more to the moon.

A giraffe was once given to the King of France; she marched through the streets, dressed in the finest couture raincoat Paris could produce.

A pangolin’s tongue is longer than its body. It keeps it neatly furled in a pouch near the hip.

A lavishly illustrated collection of the lives of some of the Earth’s most astounding animals, The Golden Mole is a chance to be awestruck and lovestruck – to reckon with the beauty of the world, its fragility, and its strangeness.

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Rundell is the real deal, a writer of boundless gifts and extraordinary imaginative power.

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A rare and magical book. I didn't want it to end.

Bill Bryson
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'A wondrous ode to nature’s astonishing beauty – and an elegy for all the life we are in the midst of destroying. This is a book filled with love and hope and whiskers and wings, by turns ravishing and devastating. No one sings the praises of the world quite like Katherine Rundell.'

Amia Srinivasan

Katherine Rundell is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her bestselling books for children have been translated into more than thirty languages and have won multiple awards. Rundell is also the author of a book for adults, Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise, and writes occasionally for the London Review of…

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