O'Neill, Liz

O'Neill, Liz

Liz O'Neill

1 October 2005Review

Icon Books 2005; ISBN 1 84046 623 5; £7.99

The back-cover blurb describes this book as "superbly accessible" - a phrase I greet with caution as it usually indicates a subject the publishers don't actually expect their readers to understand.

This time, however, it is the author's background rather than her subject which caused the publicity department to pull out the reassuring language. Alison Hills is a philosophy lecturer, so her book debates the status of animals against a formal framework of moral ethics.