Bodley Head signs Ed Yong book on animal senses

Rights - NonFiction Friday, 15 February 2019

Bestselling science writer of I Contain Multitudes back with An Immense World: 'a sensory tour of the animal kingdom'

The award-winning science writer Ed Yong is writing a new book, An Immense World, for publication in 2021. Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit sold UK rights to Stuart Williams, publishing director at The Bodley Head, whilst PJ Mark sold US rights to Hilary Redmon, executive editor and vp at Random House.

Yong is the author of I Contain Multitudes, which revealed the microbial universe within humans and animals, was shortlisted for several major prizes, praised by Bill Gates as “science journalism at its best”, and became a New York Times bestseller. It has been published in eighteen languages.

According to a statement from Janklow & Nesbit: 'An Immense World will be another epic tour of a burgeoning scientific field: the many ways that animals sense the world. By describing the biology, physics and chemistry animals use to perceive the natural world, it will change the way readers see animals – including humans – forever.

'Marine molluscs called chitons have eyes which are made of stone. Scorpions appear to see with their entire bodies. And some animals have senses we lack entirely. Knifefish navigate by electrical charge. Scientists recently discovered that bees and spiders do this too. Yong will explain how, in order to understand our world, we have not to travel to other places, but to see through other eyes.'

Yong said: "An Immense World will be a sensory tour of the animal kingdom – a perspective-shifting, world-expanding look at reality through the incredible eyes, noses, and ears of our fellow creatures. I hope that, much like my first book, I Contain Multitudes, it will show readers that the world they're familiar with is bigger and richer than they could have imagined. And I'm especially delighted to once again be working with Hilary Redmon at Random House and Stuart Williams at Bodley Head."

Stuart Williams said: "Ed’s first book delighted readers by describing thrilling new worlds. He is a writer of unique talents. This will be a book suffused with the same sense of wonder, and has even wider potential."

Pictured: Ed Yong (cr Urszula Soltys)

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