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GIVEAWAY: 3 copies of “Gone” by Michael Blencowe

6th June 2021

We are delighted to be able to offer 3 copies of “Gone: A search for what remains of the world’s extinct creatures” by Michael Blencowe in our latest giveaway, It is a charmingly written and poignant book looking at the impact of human action on the animal world. It is truly thought provoking.

UK only Giveaway

3 copies of "Gone"

Inspired by his childhood obsession with extinct species, Blencowe takes us around the globe – from the forests of New Zealand to the ferries of Finland, from the urban sprawl of San Francisco to an inflatable crocodile on Brighton’s Widewater Lagoon. Spanning five centuries, from the last sighting of New Zealand’s Upland Moa to the 2012 death of the Pinta Island Giant Tortoise, Lonesome George, his memoir is peppered with the accounts of the hunters and naturalists of the past as well as revealing conversations with the custodians of these totemic animals today
Featuring striking artworks that resurrect these forgotten creatures, each chapter focuses on a different animal, revealing insights into their unique characteristics and habitatsthe history of their discovery and just how and when they came to be lost to us
Blencowe inspects the only known remains of a Huia egg at Te Papa, New Zealand; views hundreds of specimens of deceased Galapagos tortoises and Xerces Blue butterflies in the California Academy of Sciences; and pays his respects to the only soft tissue remains of the Dodo in the world. Warm, wry and thought-provoking, Gone shows that while each extinction story is different, all can inform how we live in the future.

Read our review here. We loved it!


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Then, in the comments below, tell us which animal you fear might die out, becoming extinct, within our lifetime. Do this by midnight, 19th June and the first three names chosen at random will be sent a copy each.


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  1. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 13/06/2021 at 3:52 pm

    Giant pandas. Such incredible gentle-looking beasts.


  2. User: Gee113

    Posted on: 12/06/2021 at 3:51 pm

    I worry we will loose elephants…so sad that such a beautiful animal could become extinct


  3. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 12/06/2021 at 2:11 pm

    Hello, I worry that Polar Bears might die out.


  4. User: Sarahdunswomble

    Posted on: 11/06/2021 at 1:22 pm

    Just about anything really ! Elephant perhaps as so many killed for ivory ,but just about any species may in the next fifty years as humans through greed mostly care nothing about animals and use and misuse for their own advantage.
    This book sounds very interesting,maybe I would be heartbroken reading it, my aged p who is in his eighties and watches all the natural history shows on TV that I, as an animal ” lover ” avoid ,would be fascinated I am sure.


  5. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 11/06/2021 at 11:29 am

    Black rhinos – why do people hunt for their own gains and profits!


  6. User: Amy

    Posted on: 11/06/2021 at 8:08 am



  7. User: Yvonne@FictionBooks

    Posted on: 11/06/2021 at 5:33 am

    Ah! The million dollar question!

    It does rather depend on whose lifetime we are talking about here, as some of us are a little older than others! 🙂

    Every animal lost is devastating for future generations, however Orangutans and other members of the ape family, share so much with we humans, that it is almost like witnessing the demise of a relative!


  8. User: Tunde

    Posted on: 08/06/2021 at 11:20 pm

    Orangutans and Black Rhinos are critically endangered.


  9. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 08/06/2021 at 8:56 pm

    elephants 🙁


  10. User: YvonneA

    Posted on: 08/06/2021 at 8:46 pm

    Elephants 🙁


  11. User: Claire D

    Posted on: 08/06/2021 at 1:14 pm

    Elephants unfortunately


  12. User: Thunderbird

    Posted on: 08/06/2021 at 7:19 am

    Pangolin-after being used as a scapegoat for covid-19 some might kill this animal to extinction.


  13. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 08/06/2021 at 3:34 am

    The tiger.


  14. User: Kevin Webster

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 10:21 pm



  15. User: shane weir

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 9:24 pm

    The rhino


  16. User: debwh142

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 9:18 pm



  17. User: Jo Jones

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 7:49 pm

    The Snow Leopard


  18. User: joy turner

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 7:26 pm

    I think very unfortunately elephants


  19. User: Christine Williams

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 7:13 pm

    The honey bee


  20. User: tucksy

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 4:55 pm



  21. User: matt___

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 3:34 pm



  22. User: spacebeagle

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 12:05 pm

    The Bengal Tiger


  23. User: Katrina Adams

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 10:10 am

    I’m so worried that Tiger’s will die out. They have been my favourite animal since I was a child and I’ve always wanted to see one on a safari or something, but I wonder if they’ll be around much longer.

    It’s such a shame what humans feel they have a right to do to nature and animals.


  24. User: RobZZ

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 9:39 am



  25. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 8:21 am

    I fear for the hedgehog. We’re lucky in that we have a few that visit our garden regularly but we certainly don’t get as many as we used to get, mainly because a large housebuilding company bought the fields by my house, ripped out the hedgerows and destroyed their habitat.


  26. User: Jojangles

    Posted on: 07/06/2021 at 7:47 am



  27. User: kacky

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 10:25 pm

    The Elephant. What an absolute disgrace that would be


  28. User: Lisa Buckley

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 10:06 pm

    The tarsier


  29. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 9:44 pm



  30. User: Pin king

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 9:24 pm



  31. User: Natalia S

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 9:20 pm

    the polar bear 🙁


  32. User: becksta75

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 9:16 pm



  33. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 9:15 pm

    Sumatran tigers


  34. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 7:06 pm

    The Javan Rhino.


  35. User: Teresa S

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 6:34 pm

    The Polar Bear.


  36. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 06/06/2021 at 6:00 pm

    Snow leopards.


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