This modern bestiary takes its cues from Borges's Book of Imaginary Beings, but this time, the 27 creatures it describes are real.

This article titled “The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, by Caspar Henderson – review” was written by Alok Jha, for theguardian.com on Saturday 23rd November 2013 07.00 UTC

It was when I realised I had spent half an hour reading about sponges that I realised Caspar Henderson's modern bestiary was more than just a collection of loosely related essays. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings has the elements of a classic miscellany: an A to Z listing of 27 creatures (the letter X gets two species) with gold panels and lettering on the cover, line drawings of fantastical animals and plants on the chapter title pages and burgundy notes in the margins. Along with the narrow columns of text laid out on cream pages, it brings to mind a book that seems older, more canon, than any brand new book has a right to be.

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