Dagmar van der Neut / Dagmar van der Neut – The Beast in Us

Dagmar van der Neut – The Beast in Us

Dagmar van der Neut – The Beast in Us

Rights sold

  • Kiepenheuer & Witsch (Germany)
  • Junghan (South-Korea)


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About the book

Mating, copulating, having sexual intercourse, making love, call it how you will – in a far, far distant past mother nature decided that a useful survival aid would be to exchange genes. In other words, to have sex. But what are the amorous strategies handed down since prehistoric times? And what can we learn from them about our own relationships and sexual desires? With infectious frankness, Dagmar van der Neut asks the most diverse questions about love, sex, loyalty and friendship in animals and humans. What was prehistoric sex like? Are women as chaste as they like to pretend? Is it true that swans are never unfaithful? Are handsome men lazy? Do cows have girlfriends too? Do we all love only ourselves? This book offers a witty and illuminating view of love and sex, and everything that has anything remotely to do with either of them.

Dagmar van der Neut describes interesting theories about, for example, the relative unimportance of men, homosexuality, the origins of love and why one species is created big and another small. She does it all in a sober and often witty style, with plenty of examples from the animal kingdom. **** – Kijk

Dagmar van der Neut’s book is full of fun anecdotes, silly comparisons and extraordinary ways of making love. And it’s informative too […] a treat! Relaxing, without doubt, and it will raise a chuckle. – Vrouwonline.nl


Dagmar van der Neut studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam. She is an editor at Psychologie Magazine and a journalist writing for publications including popular science monthly Quest. She writes about animal behaviour, evolution, personal growth, relationships and brain research. Het beest in ons (The Beast In Us, 2014) is her first book and has been published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch in Germany.

© Billie Glaser

Additional book information

  • biology/psychology
  • ISBN 9789400400665
  • Number of pages: 224
  • World rights: Thomas Rap
  • Price: € 14,90