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The Golden Mole: and Other Living Treasure

Katherine Rundell
Illustrated by Talya Baldwin

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 rare and magical book. I didn’t want it to end.’ Bill Bryson
A total miracle.’ Max Porter
‘A witty, intoxicating paean to Earth’s wondrous creatures.’ Observer

‘Rundell’s pen is gold-tipped.’ Sunday Times


The world is more astonishing, more miraculous and more wonderful than our wildest imaginings.

In this passionately persuasive and sharply funny book, Katherine Rundell tells us how and why.

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.

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 pangolin keeps its tongue furled in a pouch by its hip, a Greenland shark can live five hundred years, a wombat once inspired a love poem.

Critic Reviews

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
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Rundell is a class act.

The Times
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Rundell is an astonishing young talent

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


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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