"This book is a pleasure to read and provides a valuable insight into our natural and scientific history and into the pioneering scientists who people that history." Leilani Walker, New Zealand Ecological Society" "A comprehensive account of the role of museums and curators . . . there are many great stories here: and there is a wry, accurate and entertaining raconteur to tell them." Keith Woodley, Pukorokoro Miranda News" "[Brian Gill s] undimmed passion for uncovering the truth of how our natural world functions makes the book both a hugely entertaining read and a compelling case for the value of our museums and the science they foster." Jim Eagles, New Zealand Herald"