Richard Dawkins, author of the Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and The God Delusion, brings us a book about flying – and how nature and humans have learned to overcome the pull of gravity and take to the skies.

Have you ever dreamt you could fly? Or imagined what it would be like to glide and swoop through the sky like a bird? Richard Dawkins explores the wonder of flight: from the mythical Icarus, to the sadly extinct but spectacular bird Argentavis magnificens, from the Wright flyer and the 747, to the Tinkerbella fairyfly and the Peregrine falcon.  But he also explores flights of the mind and escaping the everyday – through science, ideas and imagination.

Fascinating and beautifully illustrated by Jana Lenzová, this is a unique collaboration between one of the world's leading scientists and a talented artist.

Chaired by Matt Ridley

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