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The Man Who Ate the Zoo: Frank Buckland, forgotten hero of natural history by Richard Girling

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Frank Buckland was an extraordinary man - surgeon, natural historian, popular lecturer, bestselling writer, museum curator, and a conservationist before the concept even existed.

Eccentric, revolutionary, prolific, he was one of the nineteenth century's most improbable geniuses. His lifelong passion was to discover new ways to feed the hungry. Rhinoceros, crocodile, puppy-dog, giraffe, kangaroo, bear and panther all had their chance to impress, but what finally - and, eventually, fatally - obsessed him was fish.

Forgotten now, he was one of the most original, far-sighted and influential natural scientists of his time, held as high in public esteem as his great philosophical enemy, Charles Darwin.



A lively and fascinating biography of Frank Buckland, 'the David Attenborough of the Victorian era' - surgeon, natural historian, bestselling writer and early conservationist.

About the Author
Richard Girling is an award-winning environmental journalist. For his work in the Sunday Times he was named Specialist Writer of the Year in the UK Press Awards in 2002, and was shortlisted for the same award in 2005 and 2006. He was Journalist of the Year at the Press Gazette Environmental Press Awards in 2008 and 2009. He has written seven books - most recently, The Hunt for the Golden Mole.

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Hugely entertaining. * Jeremy Paxman *
[A] tumultuously entertaining biography... [An] irresistibly engaging book. * Sunday Times *
A rollicking ride through eccentric Victorian England. Frank Buckland is the most engaging of subjects...Girling's infectious enthusiasm for his subject shines through * The Times *
Girling brings to rip-roaring life a fascinating Victorian figure of whom few have ever heard; I so wish I could invite Frank Buckland over for dinner. -- Dave Goulson, author of A Sting in the Tale
An irresistibly engaging account of the life of the David Attenborough of the Victorian era. * Sunday Times *



Book Information
ISBN 9781784701611
Author Richard Girling
Format Paperback
Page Count 400
Imprint Vintage
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Weight(grams) 277g
Dimensions(mm) 198mm * 129mm * 25mm

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