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The Man Who Ate the Zoo

Frank Buckland, forgotten hero of natural history

By Richard Girling

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Format: Hardback, 400 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 03 November 2016
A lively and fascinating biography of Frank Buckland, 'the forgotten man of Victorian science', surgeon, natural historian, bestselling writer and early conservationist - an eccentric giant of his time Frank Buckland was an extraordinary man - a surgeon, a natural historian, a sell-out lecturer, a bestselling writer, a museum curatora and a conservationist, before the concept even existed. Eccentric, revolutionary, popular, prolific, he was one of the nineteenth century's authentic geniuses. He was obsessed by food security and finding ways to feed the hungry (the book recounts his many unusual experiments), and by protecting our fisheries (he can be credited with saving British fish from commercial extinction). He was one of the most original, far-sighted and influential natural scientists of his time, held as high in public esteem as Charles Darwin. The Man Who Ate the Zoo is no conventional biography, but rather a journey back into Buckland's life, a hunt for this forgotten man. It sets Buckland's thinking and achievements in a rounded historical context, but views this Victorian adventurer from a modern viewpoint. It is both a rollicking yarn - engaging, funny and provocative - and a celebration of the great age of natural science, one man's genius and what, even now, can be learned from him.

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Richard Girling is an award-winning environmental journalist. For his work in the Sunday Times he was named Specialist Writer of the Year in the UK Press Awards in 2002, and was shortlisted for the same award in 2005 and 2006. He was Journalist of the Year at the Press Gazette Environmental Press Awards in 2008 and 2009. He has written seven books - most recently, The Hunt for the Golden Mole.

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"Hugely entertaining." * Jeremy Paxman * "[A] tumultuously entertaining biography... [An] irresistibly engaging book." * Sunday Times * "A rollicking ride through eccentric Victorian England. Frank Buckland is the most engaging of subjects...Girling's infectious enthusiasm for his subject shines through" * The Times * "Girling brings to rip-roaring life a fascinating Victorian figure of whom few have ever heard; I so wish I could invite Frank Buckland over for dinner." -- Dave Goulson, author of A Sting in the Tale "An irresistibly engaging account of the life of the David Attenborough of the Victorian era." * Sunday Times *

EAN: 9781784740405
ISBN: 1784740403
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.4 x 3.7 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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