A Letter to Layla: Travels to Our Deep Past and Near Future

Here’s the advance notice for my new book, A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, due out with Text Publishing on 29th September, 2020.

It’s been more than five years in the making, and I’m engaged in the final edits before printing. It’s very exciting to see it taking form in the real world.

Put it on your wishlist at Text Publishing

How might the origins of our species inform the way we think about our planet? At a point of unparalleled crisis, can human ingenuity save us from ourselves?

Much-loved writer and broadcaster Ramona Koval travels the globe in a quest to answer these difficult questions and more. She speaks with an eminent paleo-archeologist in the Republic of Georgia, meets the next generation of robots in Berlin, attends a transhumanist conference in California, and explores a cave in southern France before talking with the world’s leading authority on cave art.

And throughout, she returns to her quick-witted, ever-engaging youngest granddaughter, Layla, whose development in infancy spurs Koval to find out what makes us human, what separates us from the other apes.

Filled with insightful and unexpected discussions with scientists whose knowledge of the past could hold the key to our future, A Letter to Layla will surprise and delight in equal measure.”

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