London: Short Books, 2010. First Edition (presumed), First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Good/Very Good. Some toning. Clean, unmarked, tight. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Slight spine slant. 13.5 x 20.5 cm. 249 pp. / Good/Very Good. Laminate is peeling at bottom edge. Item #14120
With its humour and poetry, every page fizzing with infectious enthusiasm, My Natural History cannot fail to delight and enthrall any lover of the wild world.
The animal kingdom came to my rescue. It always has done. I suspect it always will. It rescued me at Sunnyhill Primary School, it rescued me in my adolescence, it has rescued me over and over again throughout my adult life.
In My Natural History Simon Barnes, like a modern-day Gerald Durrell, weaves together the story of his life via the animals and natural encounters that have shaped it. From the greater horseshoe bat that transported Barnes from the dull classrooms of his youth, to the great whale which marked the moment he knew he was going to be a writer from Himalayan Kingfishers in India, to majestic lions in the Luangwa valley, each animal represents a piece in the puzzle of Barnes's life.