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"That rarest of delights: a roaring book of huge importance written by a master storyteller exploring our fragile relationship with the animal kingdom, offering insights into how a hopeful future could yet be snatched from the jaws of despair. Not a hint of preaching, not a whiff of worthiness. A great story written not by an idealist but by a pragmatist with a heart of gold with a clear eyed view of the world." (Tim Smit)
"The Hunt for the Golden Mole is a wonderful book. At one level it is a detective story in which Richard Girling is on the hunt for a very rare creature. But it is much more than that: an understated but passionate advocacy for the biodiversity of the planet which combines lightly worn scholarship with a compelling argument. Overall it is a tour de force" (Jonathan Dimbleby)
"An informed and informative, provocative and rousing work" (Caspar Henderson Sunday Telegraph)
"This is a book that bursts into life from the first page... Rousing, fascinating... Utterly engaging" (Camilla Cavendish Sunday Times)
"This book is a sobering, riveting read: part quest, part travelogue, part scientific debate and part much-needed environmental call-to-arms" (Sarah Barrell National Geographic Traveller)
"I loved this book. This is natural history at its funniest, most curious, enlightening and heartfelt. I couldn’t put it down. It was like going on safari with Gerald Durrell, Rachel Carson and Redmond O’ Hanlon ... I was alternately wide-eyed with wonder, appalled and then tickled to laughter. It’s beautifully written. And it’s powerful. An elegy to every living thing on this remarkable planet. Impossible to finish without being uplifted by the wonder of the natural world and driven to do something about its plight." (Nicholas Crane, writer and co-presenter of Coast)
"A gloriously readable, boundlessly fascinating shaggy dog story about the author's quest for one of hte world's more recently extinct species...what makes this book so wonderful: using his eye for detail, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, teaching you to care about the little things." (James Delingpole Mail on Sunday)
"delightfully written and a splendid romp through one man’s mole-hunting search among the wilds of animal taxonomy" (Daily Express)
"At the heart of this delightfully meandering book is a history of how we find and catalogue species, and a thought-provoking examination of our changing attitudes to wildlife" (BBC Focus)
"Fascinating" (New Internationalist)
This story is a quest for an animal so rare that a sighting has never been recorded. The Somali golden mole was first described in 1964. It is mentioned in a number of textbooks, but the sole evidence for its existence is a tiny fragment of jawbone found in an owl pellet. Intrigued by this elusive creature, and what it can tell us about extinction and survival, Richard Girling embarks on a hunt to find the animal and its discoverer - an Italian professor who he thinks might still be alive...
Richard's journey comes at a time when one species - our own - is having to reconsider its relationship with every other. It is also a quest for knowledge. He delves into the history of exploration and the tall tales of the great hunters, explores the science of collecting and naming specimens, traces the development of the conservation movement and addresses the central issues of extinction and biodiversity. The Hunt for the Golden Mole is an engaging story which illustrates the importance of every living creature, no matter how small, strange or rare. It is a thoughtful, shocking, inspiring and important book.
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Descripción Chatto & Windus, 2014. Condición: New. The Somali golden mole is mentioned in textbooks, though the only evidence for its existence is a bone fragment in an owl pellet. When environmental journalist Richard Girling sets out to find this elusive creature and its discoverer, he is confronted by the big issues of our time. His account of the history of exploration and the development of the conservation movement raises questions about extinction, biodiversity and the survival of life on this planet. Nº de ref. del artículo: 222339
Descripción Chatto & Windus, 2014. Hardcover. Condición: New. New and unread copy. Fast, daily dispatch 2-4 days for delivery within UK. International orders may take up to 3-4 weeks. Nº de ref. del artículo: 9780701187156
Descripción Chatto & Windus 2014, 2014. Condición: New. New hardback. May show some slight shelf wear but content fine and unread. Nº de ref. del artículo: A177108
Descripción Chatto & Windus, 2014. Hardcover. Condición: Brand New. 320 pages. 8.74x5.63x1.06 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. del artículo: zk0701187158