Posted by: Nick Redfern on April 18th, 2012
One I missed when it was published a few weeks ago, but well worth taking a look at. What is it? It’s the Londonist’s review of Neil Arnold’s book, Mystery Animals of the British Isles: London, which, says the reviewer of Neil’s book, “…is teeming with preternatural animals, from exotic big cats to winged abominations straight out of folklore. So posits Neil Arnold in a book that can only be described as eccentric.”
The reviewer continues: “Mystery Animals of the British Isles: London collects together hundreds of tales of freakish fauna — from days of yore to the current time. There’s plenty of fascinating stuff in here: the Sydenham leopard, covert menageries, giant rats, even a capybara in Barnet. The book also chronicles sightings of creatures that could generously be described as ‘unlikely’, such as the Brentford Griffin, the phantom ape of Hampstead and a monstrous giant bird at Lincoln’s Inn. Arnold maintains a sceptical though enquiring mind throughout.”
I can say, too, that if you’re interested in finding out more about the strange creatures that inhabit – or have inhabited – a certain, old capital city, then Mystery Animals of the British Isles: London is definitely the one for you!