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Lucy Cooke is an award-winning broadcaster and documentary filmmaker with a Masters in Zoology from the University of Oxford, where she was tutored by Richard Dawkins. She has presented prime time series for BBC, ITV and National Geographic and is a regular on Radio 4 where she hosts her own "Power of..." series and frequently guests on Infinite Monkey Cage and Sue Perkin's Nature Table. Lucy has written for the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She is the author of two previous books, A Little Book of Sloth, which was a New York Times bestseller and The Unexpected Truth about Animals, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize and has been translated into 17 languages.


Surprising sex lives of the animal kingdom: From bondage-loving spiders to 'Scrooge-like' lobsters who save their sperm for a female who's 'worth it', BITCH lifts the lid on kinky creatures -- Claire Toureille * Daily Mail *
Best books of 2022 so far: Zoologist Lucy Cooke's hilarious and enlightening book reclaims evolutionary biology for females of all species. * New Statesman *
Mr Darwin, your time is up...This is the evolutionary reboot us bitches have been waiting for. -- Sue Perkins
Brilliant ... Cooke is a superb science writer -- Carol Tavris * TLS *
Beautifully written, very funny and deeply important - Lucy Cooke blows two centuries of sexist myths right out of biology. -- Professor Alice Roberts
A complete and precise exploration of sex , what a joy! -- Chris Packham
Fun, informative and revolutionary all at once, Bitch should be required reading in school. This is a joyous, and often hilarious, romp in which Cooke simultaneously does justice to the actual data, gives voice to the substantive contributions of women scientists, and demolishes bias, blindness and ignorance about sex in the academy and in the public. After reading this book one will never look at a clownfish, a barnacle, an orca, an albatross or a human the same way again. And the world will be better for it. -- Augustin Fuentes, professor of anthropology at Princeton University and author of The Creative Spark
Lucy Cooke's marvellous Bitch blasts the dust off stuffy old ideas to celebrate the true and wildly diverse influence of femal creatures throughout the animal kingdom, revealing them to be every bit as promiscuous, competitive, aggressive and dynamic as males ... In chapters fizzing with X-rated factoids, Cooke merrily demolishes myth after myth about our wild sisters ... Never mean or boring. It's exhilarating to zip through the world with her as she points out what has been missed or misinterpreted. -- Helen Brown * Telegraph *
A colourful, committed and deeply informed book. -- James McConnachie * Sunday Times *
A dazzling, funny and elegantly angry demolition of our preconceptions about female behaviour and sex in the animal kingdom ... Bitch is a blast. I read it, my jaw sagging in astonishment, jotting down favourite parts to send to friends and reading out snippets gleefully * The Observer *

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