• "Not only is this book compulsively readable - a masterpiece - it is maybe the masterpiece of science journalism"

    Audobon Magazine
  • "A moving book... Quammen is a good writer who has taken the time to master an important subject and do it justice"

    The 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 th field"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Impressive and deeply moving...blends first-rate science journalism with superb travel and nature writing"

    Financial Times