A Natural History

Ayca Turkoglu

A groundbreaking, witty, and eloquent exploration of slime that will leave you appreciating the nebulous and neglected sticky stuff that covers our world, inside and out.

Slime exists at the interfaces of all things: between the organs and layers in our bodies, and between the earth, water, and air in the world. It is a key presence in the reproductive embrace of female and male. And is often produced in the fatal encounter between predator and prey.

In this fascinating, ground-breaking book, Susanne Wedlich leads us on a scientific journey through the 3-billion-year history of slime—from the part it played in the evolution of life on this planet to the way it might feature in the post-human future. She also explores the cultural and emotional significance of slime, from its starring role in the horror genre to its subtle influence on Art Nouveau. Written with authority, wit and eloquence, Slime brings this most nebulous and neglected of substances to life.

Susanne Wedlich studied biology and political science in Munich and has worked as a writer in Boston and Singapore. She is currently a freelance science journalist for Der SpiegelNational Geographic and Spektrum der Wissenschaft. She lives in Munich.

Ayca Turkoglu is a literary translator from German and Turkish. She lives in North London.