David Attenborough's new book, A Life on Our Planet, will be released in October 2020

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David Attenborough will define his legacy as a natural historian and broadcaster in a new book, A Life on Our Planet, this October.

Described as Attenborough's "masterpiece", the book will look forward with a plan to avoid a future of devastating biodiversity loss, as well as reflect upon a life spent exploring and protecting the natural world. 

In a statement, Attenborough, who is 94, said: "The Earth’s life-support machine, the thing we humans rely upon for everything we need, runs on its biodiversity. Yet the way we live on Earth now is sending it into a decline. I have been a witness to this decline. This book contains my witness statement, and my vision for the future – the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake, and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right."

An intimate, urgent and impassioned book, A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and Vision for the Future will be published by Ebury in October to coincide with the global release of a Netflix documentary film of the same name. 

Albert DePetrillo, publishing director at BBC Books, said that the book was "David's masterpiece – a book with a huge heart and urgency, and a message the world needs now more than ever."

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