For as long as its existence has been known, the frozen continent at the bottom of the world has variously been the much sought-after prize of explorers, scientists, conservationists and politicians; often at the same time.
There has been a noticeable increase in the number of biographies of famous naturalists as of late. Not surprisingly, Charles Darwin is among those taken up as a subject of one of these books: Paul Johnson’s Darwin: Portrait of a Genius published by Penguin Press.
No sooner had a drawn the copy of Derek Niemann‘s new book Birds in a Cage out of the package from Short Books in which it arrived than I found myself plopped on the sofa in the library thoroughly engrossed in reading it. After all, the text on the cover alone is enough to hook just […]
If only the eleventh chapter of Elizabeth J. Rosenthal’s Birdwatcher: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson was the entirety of the book, it would still be well worth the cover price…