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'Stunning images' Daily Mail.

'Stunning pictures of animals and landscapes, plus intriguing insights into the making of the programme' Woman's Weekly.

'Accompanying the six-part BBC One series [...] this hardback is equally spectacular ... Whether you're a naturalist or a weekend wildlife show lover, this book's a winner' National Geographical Traveller.

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Join a unique expedition to the most extreme parts of this mysterious continent. David Attenborough and the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit embark on a landmark new BBC One series, painting a breathtaking portrait of Africa as never before caught on film. This lavish and unmissable companion to the BBC One series by the acclaimed natural history writer and former BBC Natural History producer, Michael Bright, reveals the undiscovered side of Africa's five distinctive regions. This is a spectacular journey through a vast and diverse continent in all its beautiful and unexpected abundance. Inspiring photography captures unprecedented wildlife behaviour, mesmerising new creatures and magical landscapes that will astound, captivate, and challenge what you think you know about Africa. Witness the drama of eagles catching giant bats on the wing, lizards stalking their prey on the backs of lions and a dramatic giraffe fight. Share the discovery of the world's rarest fish species and the first-ever access to an island sanctuary of the elusive African penguin. Marvel at a butterfly superhighway and a jungle floor that glows in the dark. This is one of the first books to include images that come to life on your smartphone or tablet. Turn to page 335 to find out how to use your free QuercusEye app.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 21692 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1WEOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Written by Michael Bright with a foreward by David Attenborough this is a beautifully designed and organised book to accompany the superb TV series. The images are astonishingly stunning and cover the world's greatest wilderness with its incredible array of wildlife. The sharpness of the animal life is captured from close-up, almost touchable, photographs, to aerial shots including the astounding scenery. I bought this book to complement the BBC series as I have become so engrossed by the magnificent pictorial content and lulled by the narrator's voice that I felt the need to find out more of the five regions that will be covered (Kalahari, Savannah, Congo, Cape and Sahara). This is where the text by Michael Bright is so forthright and explanatory in elaborating the characteristics of each installment. His descriptions are rich in factual information.

Ideal for reading before or after each of the televised episodes but also a book that can stand alone as a guide to the mysteries of this great continent. Also included are chapters on the future, behind the scenes technical difficulties and how shots were achieved and a discover Africa addition. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the 'Africa' series or, indeed, Africa itself.
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We all have an image of what we expect from another book about African wildlife - sweeping savannahs, aerial shots of trains of wildebeest running into trouble with lions and crocodiles and tales of cute lion cubs. But while the broad sweep is certainly covered in a nicely-paced narrative, this book also offers an intimate and unexpected perspective that reveals how much of this vast continent we have never taken the trouble to get to know.

The text is supported by some truly beautiful photography throughout, capturing some incredible detail, which makes this weighty tome very hard to put down.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the TV series and the book lives up to expectations. Brilliant photography and well presented as always
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By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2013
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Years ago I was quite green when it came to the world outside my own country almost to the point of ignorance. I used to think Africa was just some big hot place with lots of sand, no water, lions, zebras, giraffes and elephants. Over the years my knowledge has expanded and so to has my thirst for knowledge of these far away countries, that I am unlikely to ever visit and it is books such as these that help in that hunger to learn more.

BBC Africa is a wonderful companion book to the TV series of the same name and it can act as a great source of reference to this great continent. My knowledge of Africa has expanded over the years, but there was still a lot that this book had to offer me. You are taken on a tour of the desserts, plains, lush rain forests, snow covered mountains and even the surrounding seas. The book is filled with high quality full page images with side notes. A narrative that is both informative and captivating will have you marveling at how some of the African species survive.

There is a foreword by Sir David Attenborough and each chapter has a small map to show you the region being covered. Additionally there is a chapter that takes you behind the scenes. The final chapter shows you sections of a map of Africa with help on where to go and what to see, should you be fortunate enough to visit.

As I usually advise on these kind of books; don't overlook the market place. Books like these tend to be only read once and some real bargains can be picked up for good quality second hand books.
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I love the series to date & decided to buy the book for more details. I expected stunning photos & wasn't disappointed in any way. The text is just about right without it becoming "heavy". So, as a book, it is well worth buying, especially at half the RRP. But the real surprise was the ability to use a free downloaded App called QuercusEye. This allows you to hold your iphone, ipod or android device above a selection of photos in the book & hey presto, your device will launch a short video of the animal(s) in the photo.
It's worth buying this as a fabulous, colouful & informative book alone, but add in the inter- activity from the App & you have a delightful product that you'll return to time & again.
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Format: Hardcover
A tie in to the Africa series that has been on our screen recently.

It has been another magnificent series by the BBC and the accompanying book for the series is a worthy tome. And a weighty tome, perfect for coffee tables.

There is a mix of 50% text and 50% pictures. And as you would expect the pictures are magnificent and breathtaking. The text plays second fiddle to the images, but is still worth reading.
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Absolutely beautiful book, stunning photography, a really good read and one to be looked at again and again.
Thank you.
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By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 July 2013
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This a large, beautiful book, filled with stunning photography of animals and landscapes across Africa . The photography team did a really wonderful, patient job to obtain these images, and there is a facinating chapter towards the end of the book which decribes how they went about their work.

If you enjoyed the TV series, you will find this a great accompaniment. If you missed the series you will find much to amaze you, especially as images in the book turn into video when you hover your phone over them.

A beautiful book indeed, produced on high quality paper, and lovely to have to read, to keep on the coffee table and dip in and out of, or even to watch using your phone.

Fabulous
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