`David Hughes's portrait rings absolutely true; reading this book is uncanny because he manages to bring Gerry so vividly back to life. . . Durrell's life was a combination of great pleasure and great desperation, and this portrait of him perfectly captures these extremes, which pull you along in their wake. ' Edward Whitley, LITERARY REVIEW
'An important book. . . . remarkably complete. For anyone interested in the subject of human origins, seldom has it been possible to find out so much between the covers of a popular work. ' Richard Leakey
The essential statement , by the world's leading authority on the subject, of the thesis that modern humans originated in Africa and spread around the world; and a definitive defence of our common humanity, spiking racist accounts of our origins.
Wonderfully vivid and accessible, this is an account of that moment when the world's greatest physicists came out of the laboratory and onto the international stage - the birth of 'big science' and the nuclear age.
The astonishing story of the first man to fix nitrogen from the air, which led to the mass production of agricultural fertilisers; winner of the Nobel Prize; the creator of chemical warfare; a German patriot destroyed by the Nazis.
Does for genetics what THE BLIND WATCHMAKER did for biology: it explains, it excites, it makes us imagine and think. Nature is the 'garden' of the title; the 'engineer' is the geneticist, far less in control than he or she thinks.
A breathtakingly wide-angled history of the past five million years and a wonderful account of some of the most magnificent animals the world has ever seen. 'History at its most subversive, history that inspires and terrifies'. WASHINGTON POST
'David Quammen has given usthe story of both our survival and demise as a species in THE SONG OF THE DODO. Through the brilliance and supple nature of his mind, we are allowed to glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and why biology matters in our concept of beauty, justice, and the sacredness of life. This is a stunning book with graceful reverberations. ' Terry Tempest Williams, author of REFUGE.