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A Celebration of the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammal


208 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9781786494252

Rights: US & CA

Atlantic Books, Ltd. (Mar 2020)
Atlantic Books

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A wonderfully entertaining celebration of that most unique of creatures: the sloth

In public estimation, sloths have undergone an astonishing transformation in the course of the past few years. Thanks largely to YouTube clips posted by the sloth orphanage in Costa Rica, sloths have attracted a vast audience of admirers. Instead of seeing them as ridiculous anachronisms of which we know little, they have turned into creatures considered by many to be the most endearing on earth. Over much the same period, scientific investigations have also changed our view of sloths. No longer are they seen as total misfits in the modern world but, in the words of one specialist sloth investigator, they are "masters of an alternative lifestyle." This wonderfully entertaining book reveals the fascinating history of the sloth, from the prehistoric ground sloth to modern pygmy sloths in Panama, explores the current state of the science of sloths, and reveals the truth behind sloth behavior.


"Fascinating. . . . Hartston writes all this with his customary wit and an obvious joy in discovery." —Daily Mail

"Riveting. . . . Sloths! is as comprehensive a look at the instincts, lifestyle and capacities of this curious creature as you are ever likely to need. . . . [A] beautifully written gem." —Daily Express

"this zippy primer has a contagious sense of wonder." — Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

William Hartston is a Cambridge-educated mathematician and industrial psychologist, and the author of The Encyclopedia of Useless Information.