The Jewel Hunter

The Jewel Hunter

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A tale of one man's obsession with rainforest jewels, this is the story of an impossible dream: a quest to see every one of the world's most elusive avian gems--a group of birds known as pittas--in a single year.




Insightful, compelling, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is more than a book about birds. It's a true story detailing the lengths to which a man will go to escape his midlife crisis. A travelogue with a difference, it follows a journey from the suburban straitjacket of High Wycombe to the steamy, leech-infested rainforests of remotest Asia, Africa, and Australia.




Dangerous situations, personal traumas, and logistical nightmares threaten The Jewel Hunter's progress. Will venomous snakes or razor-clawed bears intervene? Or will running out of fuel mid-Pacific ultimately sink the mission? The race is on. . . .




If you've ever yearned to escape your day job, wondered what makes men tick, or simply puzzled over how to make a truly world-class cup of tea, this is a book for you.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 154 x 224 x 26mm | 770g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1903657164
  • 9781903657164
  • 243,418

Review quote

[A] highly entertaining read.---Jeremy Brock, Scottish Birds
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About Chris Gooddie

Chris Gooddie set fire to a carefully constructed career ladder and warmed his hands over the flames. Then he went traveling all over Asia and beyond in pursuit of the world's most beautiful birds, the pittas.
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26 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 46% (12)
4 31% (8)
3 23% (6)
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