“I consider Daniel Allen to be the Brian Cox of animal
Margrit Coates, Author of Communicating with Animals
Animal Geographer Dr Daniel Allen has been described as "The Brian Cox of animal science". A unique commentator of the natural world, he is passionate about animals and is a confident media personality. Daniel was an expert juror for ITV's British Animal Honours 2013, and has gone on to feature on national radio stations and work with television production companies as a presenter and consultant.
Daniel’s first book, Otter (Reaktion Books, 2010), was described by Virginia McKenna OBE as “the most brilliant mix of facts ancient and modern about the otter species”. His latest book, The Nature Magpie (Icon Books, 2013), was praised as “part Walden Pond, part Origin of Species, and part Ripley’s Believe It Or Not”, by Dr Hal Herzog. Daniel is also the creator and editor of Reaktion Books Earth series. David Bellamy OBE wrote: "What a fantastic idea, science and culture brought down to earth".
Since 2011 Daniel has been exploring the UK in a bid to find his
perfect pet (Pet Nation). As a pet-free writer
welcomed into the closed pet world, Daniel realised his experiences and encounters could help raise awareness about species-specific care, and help potential pet owners think more seriously about
adding animals to their family. Daniel has become a respected journalist and animal advocate in the pet trade and conservation, focusing on controversial issues and otherwise unchallenged
subjects. Daniel remains pet-free.
Desmond Morris. The Naked Ape (1967), The Human Zoo (1969), Manwatching (1977), Animal Days (1979), Catwatching (1986), Dogwatching (1986), Horsewatching (1987), Animalwatching (1990), Babywatching (1991), Peoplewatching (2002), Planet Ape (2002), Owl (2009). This is not a full list of publications.
The Nature Magpie: "A miscellany that keeps you turning the pages"
Richard Hambyln. Terra. Tales of the Earth (Picador, 2002); The Invention of Clouds (Picador, 2010); The Art of Science (Picador, 2011)
"Daniel proved an imaginative commissioning editor, putting together an exciting new book series (Reaktion's Earth series) with enthusiasm and flair. His writing is also inspiring (his Otter title is one of the best in the ongoing Reaktion Animal series)."
Professor David Lambert, Chief Executive of the Geographical Association
"The books in the Earth series are magnificent... Full of information and explanation, and beautifully illustrated, these books have a strong narrative. They keep our attention. They are great geography. These books will get us reading geography for pleasure."
Richard Cohen. Chasing the Sun. The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life (Simon & Schuster, 2011)
Earth: "A valuable and highly readable series."
Grace Yoxon, Director at International Otter Survival Fund
Otter: "Daniel has written a very well-researched book on otters. It is readable but also contains a lot of background information which is often overlooked. He is passionate about otters and this comes over in the book."
Virginia McKenna OBE, Founder of Born Free Foundation
Otter: “It is the most brilliant mix of facts ancient and modern about the otter species and its vulnerability to mans seemingly insatiable need to hunt the poor animal for reasons other than survival. I am sure the book will help to ensure that the hunting of otters will never return to this country,… and I hope other lands will follow this example… A fascinating and illuminating book.”