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Beasts of Britain Paperback – 17 Oct 2017
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From the start, it is clear that this book is rather than a serious look at British cryptids it is nothing more than a vehicle to promote his own set of fringe beliefs, one of living dinosaurs, conspiracy, and a UK Bigfoot.
With a blinkered approach, he proudly states the Loch Ness Monster is a Plesiosaur, perhaps the least likely of all options for the mystery of the loch but one he champions.
When dealing with sea serpents he somehow tries to make a dead fish more interesting by claiming that the there is something more to the Stronsa monster that a dead basking shark. Once again it’s a Plesiosaur.
Taking another leap to the fringe is the belief in not only a flesh and blood Bigfoot in the UK, but that it is some kind of unknown extant hominid. For any serious cryptozoologist, this claim alone makes the book laughable.
While not claiming that there are flying dinosaurs living in the UK, he does claim that they are passing through as a migratory species. One that it would appear that no twitcher has as yet found.
It’s not all bad there are some interesting reports of out of place animals in the UK and a few big cat sighting reports. But that solid work is let down by the rather poorly and lazily gathered evidence to support the authors' fringe views.
It is perhaps unsurprising as rather than the efforts of 25 years of research this book it is little more than a brief trawl of the internet for stories with the bulk coming from the discredited UK Bigfoot map.
Aside from its findings, there are other faults being self-published its contents are all over the place lacking the skill of an editor. It has few photos and no index.
What looked to be an interesting book on British cryptids soon turns into a waste of time and money.
So is it worth £19.99 no way it’s not worth penny, to be honest?
Sadly I can’t give it a zero, so it’s one star.