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Adventures of a Young Naturalist : SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S ZOO QUEST EXPEDITIONS

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER - The gripping adventures of a young David Attenborough, published in a beautiful gift hardback, with a new introduction and a new selection of 90 pictures, including colour

'A marvellous book ... unputdownable ... utterly engaging' Telegraph
'An elegant and gently funny writer' The Times
'His writing is as impressive and as enjoyable as his TV programmes and there can be no higher praise' Daily Express

In 1954, a young David Attenborough 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 for a new show called Zoo Quest.

This book records those voyages, which mark the very beginning of a career that spans decades and stretches across continents, from Life on Earth to Blue Planet II, from the deepest oceans, the darkest jungles and everywhere in between'. 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 The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment - and the importance of protecting these wild places - is not.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 Attenborough's 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.

Praise for Sir David Attenborough

'A great educator as well as a great naturalist' - Barack Obama

'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

'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
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 37mm | 719g
  • Two Roads
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473664403
  • 9781473664401
  • 3,992

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A charming period piece -- Damian Whitworth * Times * 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 * Full of Attenborough's trademark enthusiasm, wit and intelligence, it's a natural history fan's treat. * Sunday Express * A beautiful new edition ... of our favourite naturalist's account of his travels for the BBC * Mail on Sunday * Utterly engaging . . . immensely colourful and dramatic -- Roger Lewis * Daily Mail * This is a great book for anyone who wants to vicariously travel like an old-fashioned adventurer and seeks to understand how far we have come in developing a protective attitude to wildlife * New York Times * An elegant and gently funny writer. -- Damian Whitworth * The Times * A marvellous book ... unputdownable ... utterly engaging. * Telegraph *
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About Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough is a broadcaster and naturalist whose television career is now in its seventh decade. After studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge and a brief stint in publishing, he joined the BBC in 1952 and spent ten years making documentary programmes of all kinds, including the Zoo Quest series. In 1965, he was appointed Controller of a new network, BBC2, and then, after four years became editorially responsible for both BBC1 and BBC2.

After eight years of administration, he returned to programme-making to write and present a thirteen-part series, Life on Earth, which surveyed the evolutionary history of animals and plants. This was followed by many other series which, between them, surveyed almost every aspect of life on earth.
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