Jules Howard

??????????????????????Jules Howard is a zoologist, nature-writer and author who has written for BBC Countryfile and BBC Gardener’s World, and contributes regularly to BBC Wildlife.

His TV work includes a number of appearances on the famous BBC One Show couch, as well as BBC Springwatch.

With ten years in the wildlife conservation sector, Jules is a passionate voice for wildlife, and comments on such things as the accessibility of the countryside, the beauty of birdsong, and the survival chances of the human animal. You can read some of his writing on his blog, Nature’s Footnote.

As well as writing, public speaking and wildlife charity consulting, Jules also runs an award-winning social enterprise which helps young people and teachers connect with the natural world and campaigns for improved access to the great outdoors. Jules’s website is located here, and you can also follow him on Twitter @juleshoward.

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Jules’s first book for Bloomsbury is called Sex on Earth. Here’s a flavour of the book:

1,000 million years ago a sexual revolution occurred on Earth. Sex happened for the first time. From this moment the world became ever more colourful and bizarre, ringing with elaborate songs and dances, epic battles, and rallying cries as the desires of males and females collided, generation after generation. All of your ancestors took part and succeeded – an unbroken chain of sex right back to the dawn of complex life on Earth. Well done you. Well done everything.

jpg_1356001718The world in which we live rings, bleeds, and howls with sex. It’s everywhere. Right now warring hordes are bashing horns, preening feathers, rampaging lustfully across the savanna, questioning the fidelity of the ones they love. Birds are singing, flowers bloom. A million females choose; a billion penises ejaculate (or snap off); a trillion sperm battle, block and tackle.

Sex made planet Earth sexy.

Jules’s fascinating book covers the how and why of sex on Earth, in all its diversity. From penis-fencing and sperm wars to cuckoldry, hermaphrodites and virgin births, spent males, racy harems, clitoral births, hips, boobs and birdsong, penis-percussion, and those riskiest and most elusive of all traits, monogamy and true love.b

Sex on Earth will be published by Bloomsbury in autumn 2014.

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