Title: Last Chance to See
Author: Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
Page Count/Review Word Count: 212
This book is a bit of a weird one, because it’s not the kind of thing that you’d normally associate Douglas Adams with. That’s because rather than being humorous science fiction, it’s moderately serious non-fiction about life on our planet, albeit with a typical Addams twist.
The basic premise is that he was sent to try to track down an animal that was nearing extinction for a commission, and he was so fascinated by the journey that he decided to go ahead and do it a little more and to work on a book that documented his experiences. This is that book.
It’s particularly fascinating because as well as being about some of the diverse life that we share the planet with, it’s also effectively a piece of travel writing. In fact, it was the travel writing that I enjoyed the most, although the whole thing was just a well put together package.
My writer friend Stevyn Colgan sent me a message to say it was his favourite Adams book and that he had a first edition signed by the authors. I’m a little jealous.