THE DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE COSTA SHORT STORY AWARD WINNER
A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK
'A sharp, funny, wonderful writer' Diana Evans, bestselling author of Ordinary People
'Compelling...finely crafted, compassionate' Guardian
'Ridley is spot-on when it comes to the vital ingredients for success' Sir James Dyson
Building on his bestseller The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley chronicles the history of innovation, and how we need to change our thinking on the subject.
Ever since man first cultivated plants and grew crops, insects, mites and other creatures have risen to prominence as pests, but it is only throughout the last two centuries that we have come to study them in any detail.