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The Song Of The Dodo
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  • Published: 22 August 1997
  • ISBN: 9780712673334
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $39.99
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The Song Of The Dodo

Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions


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'David Quammen has given usthe story of both our survival and demise as a species in THE SONG OF THE DODO. Through the brilliance and supple nature of his mind, we are allowed to glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and why biology matters in our concept of beauty, justice, and the sacredness of life. This is a stunning book with graceful reverberations. ' Terry Tempest Williams, author of REFUGE.

Why have island ecosystems always suffered such high rates of extinction ? In our age, with all the world's landscapes, from Tasmania to the Amazon to Yellowstone, now being carved into islandlike fragments by human activity, the implications of this question are more urgent than ever.
Over the past eight years, David Quammen has followed the threads of island bio-geography on a globe-encircling journey of discovery.
'Not since Gerald Durrell's books 30 years ago have I encountered such writing about the natural World. The witty, pithy, modest prose and the clever interweaving of science and storytelling are of a quality unrivalled in the field' Matt Ridley, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.

  • Pub date: 22 August 1997
  • ISBN: 9780712673334
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

David Quammen

David Quammen is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of several acclaimed natural history titles. His book, The Song of the Dodo, won the BP Natural World Book Prize in 1996.

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Praise for The Song Of The Dodo

“Quammen's heroic, demanding book is a monument to scholarly rigour and scientific accuracy. Scientists are raving about it in the States, yet the lay reader too will be borne along by his engaging intelligence, his good-natured mix of learning and humour”

Alexander Frater, Observer

“This book is vital”

John Fowles, Sunday Times

“Not since Gerald Durrell's books 30 years ago have I encountered such writing about the natural World. The witty, pithy, modest prose and the clever interweaving of science and storytelling are of a quality unrivalled in the field”

Matt Ridley, Sunday Telegraph


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