Life

Life

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By (author) Martha Holmes, By (author) Michael Gunton

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  • Publisher: BBC BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 257mm x 269mm x 30mm | 1,693g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846076420
  • ISBN 13: 9781846076428
  • Illustrations note: Over 300 full colour photos
  • Sales rank: 145,088

Product description

"Life" is an ambitious, exhilarating and beautifully illustrated study of animal behaviour, exploring the key groups of animals that inhabit this planet and their survival strategies. From cold-blooded reptilian killers to the armoured invaders of the insect world, the long-distance migratory birds to predatory mammals and the sociable and intelligent primates, "Life" reveals animal behaviour as never described before. By telling a series of unforgettable stories and focusing on intimate details, the book draws us into the biggest story of all - the many different ways animals and plants cope with the challenges of life and, ultimately, the survival of their species. We learn how fish can be the most caring of parents, how cuttlefish seduce with colour, how penguin chicks learn the hard way and how monkeys and apes teach their young to use tools. We discover some of the wonders of life, including dragons that wrestle, lizards that do cartwheels, toads that bounce, elephant shrews that run like greyhounds and birds that create art. Narrated by David Attenborough and with never-before-filmed animal behaviour, breathtaking cinematography and emotional story telling, "Life" is BBC1's landmark natural history programme for 2009, and this is the unmissable companion book.

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Author information

Martha Holmes was the series producer of Life. She is a marine biologist with a PhD from the University of York and has produced programmes for major series including Life in the Freezer and Blue Planet, as well as the BAFTA-winning Wildlife Special: Polar Bear. Michael Gunton was the executive editor of Life and is director of development for the BBC NHU. He has a PhD in zoology from the University of Cambridge. Mike was series editor for The Natural World for three years and executive producer on numerous films and series, including Ultimate Killers, Galapagos, David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth and Alan Titchmarsh's British Isles: a Natural History.

Review quote

"The perfect present for nieces, nephews and godchildren, this is one of those books that once bought will remain a bookcase favourtie for years to come. ...fascinating and informative in equal measure" She Magazine 20091117 "Life is a breathtaking view of the world, of the plants and animals, featuring incredible photos from around the world" -- Laurence Howell Shortlist 20091001