A Letter To Layla


Travels to our deep past and our near future.

By Ramona Koval

Nib Literary Award Shortlist, 2021


A kaleidoscopic portrait of humanity written with warmth and curiosity, by one of Australia’s most prominent broadcasters.

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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Weight 0.51 kg
Dimensions 23.3 × 15.4 × 2.2 cm
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