2024 Political Writing Book prize finalist


Cat Bohannon

Published by: Hutchinson Heinemann

Why hasn’t this book been written before? From the first ever breast-feeder, Morgie the Jurassic rodent, to mallard ducks and whether men evolved to rape, and the opening scene of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, this book has an astonishing range. Reimagining evolution through the female of the species, it’s told with pace, wit and scholarship, and made me laugh, made me gasp, made me angry. I learnt new things on every page.


Christina Lamb, Orwell Prize for Political Writing judge 2024