BBC Books to publish Dynasties by Stephen Moss

News - Books Friday, 07 September 2018

The TV tie-in will be out in October with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough

Dynasties is a companion book to a programme coming to BBC One later this autumn. The book will be published on 25 October, priced £25 in hb.

According to the publisher: 'Family isn't just important. It's everything. From lions hunting as a pride to penguins huddling together to keep from freezing in the bitter Antarctic winter, many animals are dependent on complex social relationships for their survival. Powerful dynasties lay claim to vast swathes of territory, fighting off rivals and securing their hunting grounds for generations to come.'

Dynasties offers a 'deep insight' into the hierarchies of animal families, with each chapter following a different dynasty, from the Marsh Pride lions of the Masai Mara, to rival packs of painted wolves, from a tiger and her newborn cubs, to a chimpanzee troop and to a penguin colony deep in the Antarctic.

'Alongside those tender moments that build relationships through grooming and play, the book traces the fierce conflicts that shift power, when family members turn against each other and younger animals grow strong enough to challenge for control.' The book contains over 200 photographs and thoughts from the crew of the BBC series.

Mike Gunton, executive producer, said: "After making Planet Earth II it's very exciting to now have the chance to show another, and I think even more intense and gripping, perspective on the lives of our planet's most impressive, yet vulnerable creatures."

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