Book Review: The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough, Chas Newky–Burden

Book Review: The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough, Chas Newky–Burden

The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough, Chas Newky–Burden

Nonfiction: The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough, Chas Newky–Burden

 

Very few names or voices are more recognizable around the world than Sir David Attenborough’s. In a career spanning more than six decades, Attenborough has devoted his life to broadcasting the reality of life on Earth. Possibly having traveled more miles than anyone other than a commercial airline pilot, Attenborough has filmed animals on every continent and under every ocean. His genial manner and buttery voice have inspired generations to care more about the earth and her creatures. Chas Newky-Burden describes Attenborough as a “national treasure.” From my home in the US, I would beg to differ. David Attenborough is a world treasure. We have all been enriched by him.

 

This is not truly a biography of Sir David Attenborough. Newky-Burden did not consult with Attenborough, nor did Attenborough participate in this project. Rather, it is a gleaning from public remarks, speeches, writings, and broadcast shows of Attenborough’s life in his own words. From his childhood in the 1920s and 30s (he was born the same year as Queen Elizabeth II) to his early days in broadcasting to his latest chapter in warning against climate change, the story is told largely in Attenborough’s own words.

 

Nearing 100 years old, Attenborough shows no sign of slowing down. His knees are a bit dodgy, he has a pacemaker, he spends more time in the studio than in the field, but Attenborough still maintains a rigorous schedule. He is still  narrating and writing and producing documentaries, speaking to groups around the world, and corresponding by hand with admirers from around the world.

 

The richness of this book comes from the plethora of quotes by the man himself. The author, a fan of David Attenborough, ties the quotes together loosely with connective tissue that tells the stories behind the quotes. Honestly, sometimes that connective tissue was a bit grating and intrusive, unnecessarily introducing quotes that could speak for themselves. Apart from those occasional bumps in the flow, this is a decent tribute to a man who has made a difference in our world.

 

Our thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things for inviting us on this blog tour. Unfortunately the ARC file provided was corrupted and unreadable, but we liked what we were able to read enough that we just bought our own copy of the book. The opinions here are solely those of Scintilla. For other perspectives, check out the other bloggers on this tour.

 

The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough, Chas Newky–Burden

Book Review: The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough, Chas Newky–Burden

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