Photograph by Charles Sturge

Remembering P.J. Kavanagh

19 September 2015 8:00 am



Nature study

28 April 2012 10:00 am

On my desk is the vertebra of a narwhal. It was given to me by a man in Canada after…

The calls of the wild

21 April 2012 11:00 am

This is a weird and wonderful book. Bernie Krause, who started out as a popular musician and then in the…

Bookends: Deeply peculiar

5 March 2011 6:00 am

The kraken legend is often said to have been inspired by real sightings of giant squid, and this is why Wendy Williams in her Kraken: The Curious, Exciting and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid (Abrams, £12.99) has chosen this as a title for her book.


Seeing the wood from the trees

4 September 2010 12:00 am

This book is a work of art by an artistic photographer.

His island story

4 November 2009 12:00 am

‘If you don’t come to terms with the ghost of your father, it will never let you be your own man.’ Here Christopher Ondaatje (brother of novelist Michael) combines his voyage of filial discovery with another quest: to pursue his obsession with a story he heard at his father’s knee, of a man-eating leopard.

Poisoned spring

6 May 2009 12:00 am

Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo, by Michael McCarthy
Wings and Rings: A History of Bird Migration Studies in Europe, by Richard Vaughan

Darwin — from worms to collops

1 April 2009 12:00 am

By all accounts a modest and retiring example of his species, Charles Darwin would surely have been more astonished than flattered by the honours done him during this year’s bicentennial celebrations.


The romance of the jungle

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann

The Natures of Maps

28 January 2009 12:00 am

The Natures of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of the Natural World, by Denis Wood and John Fels

Troubled waters

21 January 2009 12:00 am

Empires of the Indus, by Alice Albinia

Horses decline, dogs advance

14 January 2009 12:00 am

The Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art, by Tamsin Pickeral
Dogs: History, Myth, Art, by Catherine Johns
The Horse: A Celebration of Horses in Art, by Rachel and Simon Barnes