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The authorized biography of the world-famous and much-loved naturalist, conservationist and popular author Gerald Durrell, who died in 1995 in Jersey. He wrote in all some 37 immensely readable books and presented 12 television series, the early ones of his own expeditions. `He was responsible for changing people's attitudes to zoology and changing their agenda. He was a pioneer with a marvelous sense of humour.' Sir David Attenborough.
Douglas Botting's life of Gavin Maxwell was highly praised:`Could hardly be bettered' New Statesman, `Masterley...enthralling' Spectator
Shortlised for the `1999 BP Natural World Book Prize'.
Douglas Botting's biography of GAVIN MAXWELL was hugely praised. His previous books reflect his interest in travel, exploration and wild places. He was an exploration film-maker for the BBC's 'World About Us' and became a full-time writer with the publication of his highly praised biography of the German explorer-naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, Humboldt and the Cosmos.