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Everything You Know About Animals is Wrong

Matt Brown



ISBN: 9781849945820

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Publication date: 2 April 2020

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Publication date: 25 March 2020

Series: Everything You Know About...

Category: Nature

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A humorous and informative book, debunking a range of commonly held myths about animals.

Camels store water in their humps and magpies love to steal shiny objects. Or do they? A must-read in the Everything you Know series, this book debunks a range of old-cod stories about animals in author Matt Brown’s inimitable humorous and fascinating style.

Covering everything from the myth that lemmings throw themselves off cliffs in suicide (they don’t, but on occasion some just fall off) to the one about bats being blind (they’re not, and they can see but use the more sophisticated echolocation for certain hunting). From head in the sand ostriches to cats landing on their feet, a wealth of information on our beloved pets to creepy crawlies and wild giants, this book will set the marvel of the animal word straight. Plus, there are special features on the odd diets of animals and how wrongly they are portrayed in the movies.

All the old stories and myths about animals we’ve had since childhood are gleefully debunked in a hugely entertaining book.


Matt Brown is author of 11 books for Batsford, using his trademark humour and playfulness as tools to explore the world. He has served as editor and editor-at-large of, writing on topics as diverse as street art, politics, map-making and science. With a deep love of trivia, he’s written and hosted hundreds of quizzes, including events for the Museum of London and Manchester Science Museum, among many others. He is tweeting at @mattfromlondon.



'While lighthearted in tone, a lot of knowledge is nonetheless imparted, and Brown’s natural wit and obviously in-depth levels of research shine through'

How it Works

'A book bound to start conversations'

The Field