‘The book’s design and illustrations are beautiful... Velten has a passion for her subject and it comes across. Her account is sweeping but precisely detailed, and subtly persuasive. You come to believe her theme isn’t odd at all: this kind of study and awareness should be mainstream. Look hard at cows and you
learn about humans. Fascinating and delightful.’ – Financial Times Magazine
'... Velten's passion for the cow works subtly, incrementally becoming the narrative which binds the text together, and her insights into this seminal beast leave us wanting more.' - Times Literary Supplement
‘a great book... a fascinating mix of history, myth and record prices paid for top breeding animals.’ – Eastern Daily Press
‘[an] enjoyable read . . . Cow deserves a place on
the bookshelf of everyone concerned for the welfare of animals.’ – Outrage
‘once you have read this book you won’t look at cows – or beef – in the same way again.’ - Anthrozoos
‘The general reader will find much of interest, and agricultural historians seeking a summary of modern milk history will admire the author’s ability to present complex issues in an accessible style.’ – Agricultural History
‘These are food memoirs, salacious and exotic, colorful, powdered, sweet, greasy and globe-trotting . . . sharp and speedy little reads, spotted with off-kilter illustrations’ – Chicago Tribune
No Such Thing As A Fish (QI podcast) - Episode 117: 10 June 2016 "...I found an unbelievably good book called Beastly London, by Hannah Velten... it's a history of almost every single animal that has ever been in London and it's incredible... I cannot recommend it enough."
History Today - book review - December 2014
"Velten’s historical narrative is exhaustively researched and engaging and profits fruitfully from a skilful linking between past and contemporary London."
Well Read Naturalist - book review - Dec 2014
"Yet of all the many books I’ve read over all my many years as a reviewer, I cannot recall another where an author has set herself such a high goal and then so brilliantly not only reached but vastly exceeded it."
Best Book of 2013 - London Historians
London Book of the Year 2013 - Londonist
"The narrative flies by thanks to the author’s ability to tell a story solidly and engagingly, without fuss or fancy, and with well chosen illustrations throughout. Velten has a hawk’s eye for detail, yet a magpie’s wide-reaching taste. She’s mined the archive to explain our city’s long dependence on animals. The examples are legion." - londonist.com website
"a wonderful piece of work" - @thegentleauthor
"... a masterful study of the capital...this is
the definitive book on the history of animals in London...In short, Velten does for London’s animal history what Ackroyd did for its human history.'