Sunday, 22 August 2010

Parasites: Tales of Humanity's Most Unwelcome Guests. The Book.

This month, my book, Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests, is officially launched. Described as a natural and social history of parasites, the book is a marriage of my interest in parasites and my fascination with the way the human world works.

Despite thousands of years of disentangling ourselves from nature, walling it off, controlling it, parasites are still there, getting mixed up in our affairs. Many of them, in fact, have far more impact on human lives than they did millennia ago. Repeatedly, our determined efforts to modify our environment have created opportunities for parasites that allow them to interfere with (or aid) everything from agriculture to murder. That’s what fascinates me, and that’s what my book is about.

Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests is available through booksellers, and on the internet from the University of California Press, and

ISBN 978-0-520-25938-6