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The Song Of The Dodo
  • Published: 22 August 1997
  • ISBN: 9780712673334
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $40.00

The Song Of The Dodo

Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions



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 island-like 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 biogeography on a globe-encircling journey of discovery.

  • Published: 22 August 1997
  • ISBN: 9780712673334
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $40.00

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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