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  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781849900010
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $29.99

Life on Air




The memoirs of the world's leading Natural History programme maker, updated and revised for 2009

Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly six decades, and in this volume of memoirs Sir David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places he has visited.

Sir David is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1985. He is also Britain's most respected, trusted and lauded natural history broadcaster and writer, championing conservation and standing at the forefront of issues concerning the planet's declining species.

A lot has changed since his first television documentary, and in this updated edition of Life on Air Sir David tells us of his experiences of filming in the 21st century.

  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781849900010
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly seven decades.

His first job - after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy - was at a London publishing house. Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer, and it was while working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64) that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe, to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat.

He was Controller of BBC 2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for the BBC (1969-1972). In 1973 he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing, and has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with severallandmark BBC series, includingLife on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trialsof Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Life of Birds (1998),The Blue Planet (2001),Life of Mammals (2002),Planet Earth (2006) and Life in Cold Blood (2008).

Sir David was knighted in 1985, is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and aFellow of the Royal Society, and stands at the forefront of issues concerning the planet'sdeclining species and conservation.

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Praise for Life on Air

It's almost impossible to believe that all these things happened to one man... but David Attenborough wears his achievements lightly and there are as many laughs here as there are animals.

Michael Palin

What shines through most of all is his enthusiasm - as undimmed now as when he started out.

Sunday Telegraph

An enthralling autobiography from one of the linchpins of television. His life has been fascinating. Attenborough is a master story-teller, and his book is crammed with anecdotes.

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