Following the success of the original ZOO QUEST expeditions, in the late 1950s onwards the young David Attenborough embarked on further travels in a very different part of the world.
From Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern Territory of Australia, he and his cameraman companion were aiming to record not just the wildlife, but the way of life of some of the indigenous people of these regions, whose traditions had never been encountered by most of the British public before.
From the land divers of Pentecost Island and the sing-sings of New Guinea, to a Royal Kava ceremony on Tonga and the ancient art of the Northern Territory, it is a journey like no other. Alongside these remarkable cultures he encounters paradise birds, chameleons, sifakas and many more animals in some of the most unique environments on the planet.
Written with David Attenborough's characteristic charm, humour and warmth, Journeys To The Other Side Of The World is an inimitable adventure among people, places and the wildest of wildlife.
About the Author
Sir David Attenborough is a broadcaster and naturalist whose television career is now in its seventh decade. After studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge and a brief stint in publishing, he joined the BBC in 1952 and spent ten years making documentary programmes of all kinds, including the Zoo Quest series. In 1965, he was appointed Controller of a new network, BBC2, and then, after four years became editorially responsible for both BBC1 and BBC2.
After eight years of administration, he returned to programme-making to write and present a thirteen-part series, Life on Earth, which surveyed the evolutionary history of animals and plants. This was followed by many other series which, between them, surveyed almost every aspect of life on earth.
Abundantly good - TLSThis book is a wondrous reminder of Attenborough's pioneering role and the often hilarious difficulties he faced
. . . A century ago, we learnt about exotic creatures from intrepid explorers in pith helmets. Now we learn from slick, professional TV presenters. David Attenborough has led the way from one style to the other and this book is full of delightful tales
from the period of transition. - Daily ExpressFascinating
- OK!An adventure that sparked a lifetime's commitment to the planet
- The Lady
In his May 2018 introduction to these books first published in the early '60s, the great broadcaster naturalist recalls a much changed planet . . . But Attenborough's lust for all types of life remains undimmed as in those distant days
- RTE Guidepure gold . . . the story of a journey to discover the fugitive, mythical, 'other': Paradise
- Wild at HomeAn in-depth look at the beloved naturalist's momentous voyage made in his youth across the globe
- Woman's Weekly