Oyster. Rebecca Stott.

London: Reaktion Books, 2004. Octavo, paperback, colour and black and white illustrations.

Reaktion Animal Series. Part of an unusual series that looks at the subject animal and its place in human history. Oyster, literary historian and radio broadcaster Rebecca Stott tells the extraordinary story of the oyster and its pearl, revealing how this curious creature has been used and depicted in human culture and what it has variously meant to those who have either loved or loathed it: the Romans carried much-sought-after British oysters across the Alps on the backs of donkeys to be eaten as delicacies at banquets in Rome, whilst by contrast Woody Allen once famously said I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead not sick, not wounded dead. Other titles in this animal series are available.

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