We, Hominids by Frank Westerman, Sam Garrett | Black Inc.

We, Hominids: An anthropological detective story

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Awards for We, Hominids

  • Nominated for the Bild der Wissenschaft award for most original science book of 2020-2021. 

About the author

Frank Westerman is a highly acclaimed Dutch non-fiction writer. His work has been translated into sixteen languages and has received numerous awards, including the Kapuściński Prize (Poland), the Premio Terzani (Italy) and the Prix du Livre du ReÅLel …

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Sam Garrett is an award-winning translator of over thirty novels and works of non-fiction. He is the only translator to have twice won the British Society of Authors’ Vondel Prize for Dutch–English translation.

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Praise for We, Hominids

‘Gripping and brilliantly told, We Hominids deftly blends personal experience with a journalist’s eye for a remarkable story.’ —Mark McKenna

‘A masterclass in storytelling, exploring who we are and where we came from.’ —Danielle Clode

‘Part travelogue, part science, Frank Westerman unearths a brilliantly original story that has been millions of years in the making: what does it mean to be human? Quite wonderful.’ —Chris Turney, Professor of Earth Science and Climate Change at the University of New South Wales, and author of Shackled and Bones, Rocks and Stars

‘It’s not hard to see why We, Hominids … is a bestseller in the Netherlands. Extraordinarily detailed, poignant and philosophical … With his deft turns of phrase, exquisite imagery, and engaging personal style, Westerman – and translator Sam Garrett – breathe life into dusty old corridors, ancient bones and tropical caves.’—ArtsHub