Adventures of a Young Naturalist
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER
'A charming period piece' Times
'A marvellous book ... unputdownable ... utterly engaging' Telegraph
In 1954, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expeditions for the BBC.
This is the story of those voyages. Staying with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia and armadillos in Paraguay, he and the rest of the team battled with cannibal fish, aggressive tree porcupines and escape-artist wild pigs, as well as treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, to record the incredible beauty and biodiversity of these regions. The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment - and the importance of protecting these wild places - is not.
Written with his trademark wit and charm, Adventures of a Young Naturalist is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world, and who is still doing so today.
'An elegant and gently funny writer' Times
'His writing is as impressive and as enjoyable as his TV programmes and there can be no higher praise' Daily Express
This is an outstanding episode in the life of Sir David Attenborough and a joy to read. -- Lou Grimm When I was a young boy I used to love turning on the television and watching David's programmes and really feeling like I was either back out in Africa or I was learning about something magical and almost out of this planet * Prince William * Sir David is a wizard of television, and, like Gandalf or Dumbledore, he has a near-magical gift for combining warmth and gravitas . . . the man who, for me, exemplifies the best in British broadcasting. * Louis Theroux * A great educator as well as a great naturalist. * Barack Obama * His writing is as impressive and as enjoyable as his TV programmes and there can be no higher praise. * Daily Express * An elegant and gently funny writer. -- Damian Whitworth * The Times * A marvellous book ... unputdownable ... utterly engaging. * Telegraph *