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Eva Meijer

Eva Meijer (b. 1980) is an artist, singer-song-writer, author and philosopher. Her debut novel, Het schuwste dier (2011, The Shyest Animal), was warmly received, as was her second novel Dagpauwoog (2013, Adventures in Animal Activism). She went on to study communication between animals, publishing her findings in Dierentalen (2016, Animal Languages). Het vogelhuis (The Bird Cottage) was awarded the BNG Bank Literature Prize by the readers’ panel. Meijer is currently completing her doctoral thesis in philosophy, called Political Animal Voices, at the University of Amsterdam..

The Bird Cottage

The Bird Cottage

(Cossee, 2016, 285 pages)

At the age of 40, violinist Gwendolen ‘Len’ Howard (1894-1973) exchanged the company of humans for that of birds. Having given up her seat in a London orchestra, she moved to Ditchling, a tiny village in Sussex, where she took up residence in ‘Bird Cottage’ and began studying the behaviour of the birds in her garden, gaining insight that was well ahead of its time, which she published in articles and two books that became bestsellers in their day.

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Animal Languages

Animal Languages

(ISVW Uitgevers, 2016, 175 pages)

Animals use far more elaborate and complex language than we think. They chat, gossip, mourn, rhyme, speak in dialects and make jokes. Whales sing a different series of songs each season, which rhyme and are picked up by other whales in passing, making them ‘hits’. Some species of bird have dialects that differ from one region to the next, and the birds that live on the regional boundaries are bilingual.

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