Sanjida O'Connell

Zoologist, writer and presenter

Since filming Countryfile last year, Sanjida has most recently released her fifth novel Bone to Bone, a psychological thriller that was published March 3rd 2016. She is also a Royal Literary Fellow at Bristol University.

Sanjida's presenting credits include BBC One’s Natural History of Great Britain, The British Isles: A User’s Guide for BBC Four, Hands on Nature, Nature's Top 40 and Nature’s Calendar for BBC Two. Most recently she hosted The Urban Jungle on BBC One.

Sanjida has a first class degree in zoology from Bristol University. For her PhD, she studied chimpanzee psychology.

She has written on science and the environment for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent and had a column in The Times and in BBC Wildlife magazine.

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Sanjida has had eight books published, four works of non-fiction (Chimpanzee: The Making of the Film; Nature's Calendar, Sugar: The Grass that Changed the World and Mindreading: How we Learn to Live and Lie) and four novels, which were published by Black Swan and John Murray, as well as contributing to a number of encyclopaedias, including Animal Life.