Shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize

The Invisible History of the Human Race – Christine Kenneally

Nonfiction · Black Inc.

The Invisible History of the Human Race

About the book

“To read this book is to be in the company of a dynamic, ardent mind, talking in a friendly authorial voice and never talking down

– 2015 Stella Prize Judges

Christine Kenneally

About the author

Christine Kenneally

Further Reading


“The breadth of this book; its abundance of enthralling accounts and astonishing science; its adept, vivid writing; and Kenneally’s exquisitely calibrated judgment make it the richest, freshest, most fun book on genetics in some time.” – David Dobbs, New York Times

“Kenneally again proves herself to be one of the most original, inclusive and engaging contemporary thinkers we have.” – Simon Caterson, The Monthly

“Kenneally offers a rich, thoughtful blend of science, social science, and philosophy in a manner that mixes personal history with the history of the human species.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“[A] treasure trove of information … and a terrific primer for those interested in where we all come from and where that information will lead us.” – Cathy Carmode Lim, San Francisco Book Review

“A lively, informative mix of genealogy and genetics.” – Kirkus reviews

Judges’ report

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