Interviews with an Ape

Felice Fallon


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12 January 2023
ISBN: 9781529157567
400 pages

From the publisher

'I will remember the story of Einstein for the rest of my life ... This book should be read by everyone.' VIRGINIA MCKENNA

'An unusually powerful book - and a timely one too.' MICHAEL PALIN

'Revealing, perceptive and chilling in turns, the book is unlike any other I have read. Felice Fallon's ability to write with so many voices makes Interviews with an Ape compelling and thought-provoking. It will break your heart and change your mind.' JOANNA LUMLEY

A young woman, Dr Graciela Saddiq, arrives to work at a zoo in a city soon to be at war.

Of all the animals, she is particularly interested in a silverback mountain gorilla named Einstein.

Quickly she finds what makes this gorilla unique: he can communicate with humans using sign language.

Each evening as darkness falls and the zoo empties of people, Einstein tells her his story as well as those of other animals he has known.

But war is looming, and as the bombing of the city begins, Dr Saddiq realises that that both their lives are in terrible danger ...

'A thoughtful, audaciously panoramic novel' MAIL ON SUNDAY

'A rare and sparkling jewel - actually, a veritable treasure chest. I found myself falling in love with Einstein ... So smart, yet he breaks your heart.' CELIA IMRIE

'Stunningly original, moving and engrossing.' DEREK JACOBI

'In this powerful book, Felice Fallon opens us to the infinite possibilities of the consciousness of other species. In a story told with compassion and candour, Fallon succeeds in bringing a new and vital challenge to our the long-held belief of "us" and "them".' ESTHER WOOLFSON, author of Between Light and Storm: How We Live with Other Species

'A life-changing book which shines a light on humanity in a way that I have seldom read. I would urge you to read it and let it cast its spell on you!' JENNY SEAGROVE

'Fallon's intent is to explore the way in which apparently dumb animals are not only far more intelligent than has been previously perceived, but also have valuable, even vital, things to teach humanity. She succeeds, admirably and affectingly.' OBSERVER, NEW REVIEW

'Affecting and delivered without mawkishness.' NEW STATESMAN

'Moving as well as shocking. The ending does what books often have to try harder than movies to achieve: it makes you cry.' THE HERALD SCOTLAND