Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine lead us on an unforgettable journey in search of the world's most endangered species.
‘Descriptive writing of a high order… this is an extremely intelligent book’ The Times
Join Douglas Adams, bestselling and beloved author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and zoologist Mark Carwardine on an adventure in search of the world’s most endangered and exotic creatures.
In this book, Adams’ self-proclaimed favourite of his own works, the pair encounter animals in imminent peril: the giant Komodo dragon of Indonesia, the lovable kakapo of New Zealand, the blind river dolphins of China, the white rhinos of Zaire, the rare birds of Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean and the alien-like aye-aye of Madagascar. Inimitably witty and poignant, Last Chance to See is both a celebration of our most extraordinary creatures and a warning about what we have to lose if we do not act soon.
Featuring a fantastic new foreword by the authors' long-time friend Stephen Fry, and an afterword from Mark Carwardine that considers what has changed since the book was first published, Last Chance to See feels more urgent than ever before.
‘Douglas Adams’ genius was in using comedy to make serious points about the world’ Independent
“Descriptive writing of a high order ... this is an extremely intelligent book”
“In every case, the presence and personality of the endangered animals rise off the page - even when the authors don't manage to find them. The writing may be witty, but this book is a sobering reminder of what a very great deal we have to lose”
Independent on Sunday
“This is life or death stuff, but Adams is a writer who chooses not to shake his finger at the reader. He fails completely in the self-righteous-piety department. Instead he invites us to enter a conspiracy of laughter and caring”
Los Angeles Times
“It is a book one reads in a rush, always looking forward to the next perverse paragraph, wise insight or felicitous phrase”
The Canberra Times
“Last Chance to See brings out the best in Adams' writing ... constantly springing on the reader the kind of dizzying shift in perspective that was the stock in trade of Hitchhiker'”
“The funniest serious book on the market.”
Amazon.co.uk reader review
“Who would have thought that a book in the field of "ecology/nature" ... could be as lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written and even funny as this one? ... ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain”
“If the measure of a book's worth is the strength of the urge to 'get out and do something' that it gives you, then LAST CHANCE... is way up there with the best of them.”
Amazon.co.uk reader review