Many thanks to Val Hennessy at the Daily Mail for a nice review of Vercors' You Shall Know them. Val says:
From the dramatic beginning you will be mesmerised by this weird, though-provoking novel
and concludes that the book is
a good, gripping read.
Vercors' book is an examination of the dividing line between humans and other animals, and doesn't shirk from profound philosophical investigation into the nature of humanity. The plot involves a radical and daring experiment in which a journalist artificially inseminates a female of the 'tropi' species and then deliberately kills the resulting infant, in order to provoke a trial which examines the nature of the tropi, of humanity and of his crime.
With an ever growing consciousness around the world about how we treat other species, with Spain granting apes 'human' rights, and groups in other countries agitating for the same, there was never a more timely novel.