Lucy Cooke
  • BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
  • AWARD-WINNING TV PRODUCER & PRESENTER
  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER
  • TED TALKER
  • ZOOLOGIST

About

Lucy Cooke is a New York Times best-selling author, award-winning documentary filmmaker and broadcaster, National Geographic explorer and TED talker with a Masters in zoology from Oxford university. Her latest book ‘BITCH: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal’ came in the UK is out now in the UK and US (under the title BITCH: ON the Female of the Species’. Lucy is doing various events throughout 2022 in UK, US, France and Ireland to promote. Follow her social media for updates.

“Fun, informative and revolutionary all at once. BITCH should be required reading at school. After reading this book, one will never look at a barnacle, an orca, an albatross, or a human the same way again. And the world will be better for it” Professor Agustin Fuentes.

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Public speaking

Lucy is a sought-after public speaker who is comfortable tailoring her talks to a range of audiences from festivals to corporate events.

TED WOMEN 2018

“Lucy is a rare combination of smarts, savvy, and good humour. She presents scientific knowledge in a way that engages, informs, and even entertains.” Pat Mitchell, Curator of TED Women

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Books

BITCH - OUT NOW

Women aren’t the only victims of misogyny. For centuries female animals have been marginalised and misunderstood by the scientific patriarchy. BITCH introduces you to a cast of badass female animals and the scientists that study them who have reinvented not just the female of the species, but the very forces that shape evolution. This critically acclaimed best-seller will change how you think about sex, sexual identity and sexuality in all animals, including us.

“A dazzling, funny and elegantly angry demolition of our preconceptions about female behaviour and sex in the animal kingdom… Bitch is a blast. I read it, my jaw sagging in astonishment, jotting down favourite parts to send to friends and reading out snippets gleefully.” The Observer

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The truth about animals

This “sure-fire summer winner” (New York Times) is an uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world. Lucy takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret-and often hilarious-habits of the animal kingdom.

Published in the UK under the title The Unexpected Truth About Animals it was shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Society Prize for Science 2018, has received rave reviews globally and is currently being translated into 18 languages.


“Endlessly fascinating”
Bill Bryson

 

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A LITTLE BOOK OF SLOTH

Published in the UK as ‘The Power of Sloth’, this New York Times best-seller combines Lucy’s adorable sloth photos with the story of a sanctuary in Costa Rica that specialises in rescuing sloths.

This celebration of the world’s laziest animal, written for children (ages 5+) won the Keystone State Reading Book Award 2015.

A percentage of proceeds are donated to sloth conservation.


“Cooke writes with a firm sense of authority and a loving irreverence that lifts these pages far above most real-life animal books and should make the inevitable umpteenth readaloud easy to bear”
Publishers Weekly

 

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LIFE IN THE SLOTH LANE: SLOW DOWN AND SMELL THE HIBISCUS

Combining Lucy’s famous sloth photography with facts about the strange lives of the world’s slowest mammal and words of wisdom about slowing down, Life in the Sloth Lane is a mindfulness book like no other.

Gorgeous images of sloths paired with inspiration on the joy of living slow from a medley of gurus from Thich Naht Hahn to Bob Marley and Paulo Coehlo.


“The bar on animal cuteness gift books has now been raised to the highest treetops. This is the book everyone needs – we could all be bettered by being a bit more like a sloth.”
The Wandering Bookseller

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Sloths Calendar Cover 2023

SLOTHS CALENDAR 2023

Celebrating life in the slow lane. From photographer, zoologist, and sloth lover Lucy Cooke, here is a year of the irresistible residents of sloth sanctuaries in Costa Rica doing what they do best: sleeping, cuddling with their friends, nibbling hibiscus flowers, and literally just hanging around. The photographs are accompanied by captions and fascinating facts about sloths: Did you know that if two males encounter each other in nature, they will fight by exchanging (very slow) swipes? With their sly smiles, gentle expressions, and unhurried way of life, it’s no wonder sloths—and The Original Sloths calendar—are so beloved. Printed on responsibly sourced paper.

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Sloths Mini Calendar Cover

SLOTHS MINI CALENDAR 2023

With their abundant fur, inscrutable expressions, and slow-going ways, sloths are cuteness personified. And when you pair them with the charming mini calendar format, it’s just over-the-top adorable! The Sloths mini calendar showcases these sweet creatures in full color and wonderful detail. Here are sloths nonchalantly nibbling hibiscus and jasmine flowers. Sloths peeking around trees. Sloths cuddling with their buddies. And lots of sloths— literally—hanging around upside down. Plus fascinating sloth facts: Did you know sloths have two extra vertebrae in their necks? This allows them to rotate their heads 270 degrees and graze without moving their bodies. Printed on responsibly sourced paper.

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TV & Radio

Lucy is an award-winning producer, director, writer and presenter whose documentaries have featured on all the major television channels in the US and UK, as well as on the radio, in cinemas and online. Her far-reaching knowledge and quick wit have made her a natural for live television broadcasting and a regular guest on radio and TV panel and talk shows.

“An exciting new face for the channel, bringing a unique wit and insatiable curiosity to natural history programming. Lucy invites us all to think about the natural world in new and surprising ways you haven’t thought of before.”

Charlotte Moore, BBC director of content

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SLOTH APPRECIATION SOCIETY

If there is one animal Lucy is synonymous with, it is the sloth. Lucy’s been documenting the strange lives of the world’s slowest mammal for ten years and is recognised as a leading expert in their eccentric behaviour. Lucy’s TED talk on sloths was ‘one of the most memorable’ of TED Women 2018, her sloth photos have graced the cover of National Geographic magazines, her sloth virals have been watched by millions and featured on GMA, Ellen and Tonight with John Oliver, her sloth documentaries have won awards, her sloth books and calendars have become international best-sellers and raised money for sloth conservation.

Lucy founded the Sloth Appreciation Society to both protect the sloth and promote the truth about this much-maligned creature and its energy-saving lifestyle, which has much to teach humans about sustainable living.

Visit Slothville, HQ of the Sloth Appreciation Society