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Last Chance to See: In the Footsteps of Douglas Adams

Biography / Memoir

By: Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry

320 pages, Col photos

Harper Collins

Hardback | Sep 2009 | #177531 | ISBN-13: 9780007290727
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NHBS Price: £19.99 $24/€22 approx

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Join Britain's best-loved wit and raconteur, Stephen Fry, as he follows in his great friend Douglas Adams' footsteps with zoologist Mark Carwardine, in search of some of the rarest and most threatened animals on Earth.

In the 1980s celebrated writer Douglas Adams teamed up with zoologist Mark Carwardine and together they embarked on a groundbreaking expedition, travelling the globe in search of the world's endangered animals and writing a book also entitled 'Last Chance to See'. Twenty years later, comic genius Stephen Fry is returning with Mark to see if the species still exist. A major BBC television series follows the two on six separate journeys which take them to the Amazon basin, East Africa, Madagascar, New Zealand, Indonesia and Mexico to look for a flightless parrot, the Amazonian manatee, man-eating Komodo dragons, man's closest living relative, the northern white rhino and an animal so bizarre it seems to have been assembled from bits of other creatures. These are not just travels to the four corners of the world, but a journey in time to open our eyes to what humans have done to the Earth in the 20 years since the original Last Chance to See expeditions.

It is a unique insight into the disappearing world around us, by one of the most extraordinary, informed, enthusiastic and amusing partnerships.

'Stephen Fry is a treasure of the British Empire.' Guardian

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Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, writer, photographer, consultant and broadcaster with a special interest in marine wildlife. He has written more than 40 books, including several bestsellers, and presents a wide variety of natural history programmes on BBC Radio 4. A keen diver for many years, he leads shark and whale-watching holidays to many parts of the world and is an ardent supporter of several wildlife conservation organisations. Comic genius and Renaissance man, Stephen Fry is writer, actor, comedian, broadcaster, director and librettist. He was voted among the all time top 50 comedians by fellow comedians and ranked 6th in the BBC's Top Living Icon awards.

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