Tag: Wildlife

David Attenborough – Life On Earth | Review

Title: Life On Earth

Author: David Attenborough

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 324

Rating: 4*/5

 

David Attenborough - Life On Earth

David Attenborough – Life On Earth

 

If you’re familiar with the work of David Attenborough then you know roughly what to expect here. This is basically the great naturalist’s narrative on how life on earth came about, and it’s thoroughly fascinating if you’re interested in animals – although also occasionally intimidating as well.

My copy of it is maybe forty years old, but it’s still pretty interesting and it’s all up-to-date in most areas – except for where Attenborough said there were four billion humans on the planet. It also comes with plenty of high quality imagery because he wrote the book at the same time as filming the documentary series of the same name, so he’s able to tap into the footage from the show and from other wildlife photographers. Sometimes they take up both pages of a two-page spread, which means they’re shown in fantastic quality – and that it’s easier to whizz through pages than you might first imagine.

I think the most interesting aspect of this book is actually the little things that you learn about different animals, although I find it hard to think of a specific example. But it’s cool when he tells you about the animal with the largest eyes in relation to the rest of its body (I think it was a lemur at 250 times larger in proportion than human eyes) and then you turn the page and see a photo of it.

All in all then, this book definitely isn’t for everyone – and in fact, I suspect it’s meant as more of a coffee table book than as one that you’d pick up and read from cover to cover. Nevertheless, that’s what I did and I enjoyed it, and so if you’re an animal lover or you think that biology is just fascinating, you’re going to like it. If not, you still might.

 

David Attenborough

David Attenborough

 

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Terri Irwin – Steve & Me | Review

Title: Steve & Me

Author: Terri Irwin

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 273

Rating: 8/10

 

Terri Irwin - Steve & Me

Terri Irwin – Steve & Me

 

I remember when Steve Irwin died – I was heartbroken, he’d always been a hero of mine and he’ll continue to be an inspiration until my dying day, but then I do love animals. Steve & Me is the story of his life as seen through the eyes of his beloved wife Terri, wh0 makes an excellent narrator because she knows almost as much about wildlife as Steve did.

Whether you’re a fan of Steve Irwin or not, it’s well worth giving this a read just for the sheer amount of information you’ll learn about the animals that roam our planet. Who knows, perhaps you’ll become a wildlife warrior yourself by the time you’ve finished – there are certainly worse things to do with your life, as you’ll discover.

Terri’s writing is surprisingly decent, too – she might not be a born novelist, but she’s got a way with words that gets the job done in a way that helps you to empathise with Terri, Steve and the children, as well as the wildlife that they’ve dedicated their lives to protecting. You start to feel like a part of the family, not biologically perhaps but in the same way that Stevo’s good mate Wes became an honorary Irwin.

And at the end of the day, Terri had a much better reason for writing an autobiography than most other celebrities – it’s a fitting tribute to her dead husband, and a wonderful way to raise awareness of the sad plight of the crocodiles, cougars and other animals.

 

Terri Irwin

Terri Irwin

 

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