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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st. Edition : 1st. Printing edition (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846079624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846079627
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 25.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frozen Planet - as you'll never see it again

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Alastair Fothergill studied zoology at the University of Durham and made his first film, on the Okavango, while still a student. Alastair joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and the series The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced the award-winning series Life in the Freezer. In June 1998 he stood down to concentrate on his role as producer of The Blue Planet and of course the acclaimed Planet Earth. He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss, and is the author of four books.

Vanessa Berlowitz studied human sciences at the University of Oxford, where she took up photography and made her first films.She joined the Natural History Unit in 1991 and went on to become a multiple award-winning director and producer. Vanessa has also contributed to a number of books and written about wildlife and conservation for magazines.


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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Park on 28 Oct. 2011
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A jaw-dropping, eye-popping marvel of a coffee table book, chock-full of dazzling images and accompanied by interesting commentaries by the authors. Also includes a short but telling introduction by David Attenborough who makes you think (as he always does) by stressing the importance of making the BBC nature documentary series that this book is based upon before the poles change completely in this disturbing era of ecological upheaval and global warming.

Certainly my pick of the latest gifts for the nature-lover in your life this up-coming holiday season.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Poohbear Mummy on 22 Nov. 2011
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I have ordered this book to give as a Christmas gift and am thrilled with it. The photography is absolutely stunning especially the close ups of the animals. What struck me as I flicked through was how well the book outlines not only the beauty of the region but also the fragile nature of this part of Earth. This is more than just a coffee table book (although it would be a stunning coffee table book) - its a real education.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Thomas on 30 Nov. 2011
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Frozen Planet may well be David Attenborough's last major documentary and he's certainly kept the best till last! I ordered the book after the first episode and have now pre-ordered the DVD as well. Many thanks to the writers Fothergill and Berlowitz. This series is absolutely amazing - what television is all about - bringing into our homes sights and experiences we could never otherwise enjoy. I've laughed, cried, and been absolutely stunned by the wonders that been so brilliantly filmed by the camera crew, many of whom have risked their lives to bring us the footage - the wolf/bison chase for instance. Attenborough's voice has been the backdrop through most of my life and I'd like to thank him most sincerely for that. He's probably seen first-hand more of the world of nature than anyone else on the planet and I hope that his opinions, based on such wide-ranging experience, will make a positive contribution to the climate change debate. Frozen Planet has shown us all too clearly what we stand to lose!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Cowmeadow on 3 Nov. 2011
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This is a fantastic book as you would expect from BBC books. The photographs alone are amazing and is a excellent accompanyment to the TV series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SBno1 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2013
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Just reading this made me feel cold! You have to marvel how anything can exist in such a cold environment as the poles.

As with most BBC nature themed books they are loaded with high quality full page images with descriptive side notes. The bright vivid colour images capture the harshness of the extremities of our planet and leave you with a sense of awe. Before I watched the TV series or read the book, I was always under the impression that the poles were barren and featureless plains. Nothing could have been further from the truth. The poles have scenes of outstanding natural beauty and the hardy wildlife enhance that beauty. One of my favourite scenes in the book is the trail of wolves cutting a path through the virgin snow.

The narrative is what I have come to expect from BBC books, it is informative, educational and keeps your interest. The book will take your from pole to pole and through the seasons. There is a map section so that you can visualise where on earth you are within the book. Another fine companion, fully indexed reference book to the BBC TV show.

If you are a fan of the BBC series of shows, I would recommend building up a collection of books to go with them. I have mentioned this in previous reviews; don't overlook the market place for second hand books. These type of books tend to get read once and you can pick up some very good quality copies for a lot less than new.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on 8 Nov. 2011
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A wonderful book accompanying the TV series (which is superb).
Superb photos, informative text and serious scientific analysis on the changes to the polar regions.
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I, like a lot of people, thoroughly enjoy a lot of the TV documentaries that the BBC Natural History Unit produce - and especially so if they're narrated/presented by Sir David Attenborough as he seems to bring out the most of the presentation, despite the filming often being the significant element !

This 'Frozen Earth' book, along with many others of the 'book of the programme' genre based on the BBC Natural History Unit's work, is an excellent example of why still photos and text can often compare very favourably, even better, than video/voice (I also have the Blu-ray of this series).

This is especially so as a fairly recent trend (ie problem !) is to almost 'drown out' what we see and hear with music deemed to be dramatically relevant to the moment being 'covered'. The narration can also be rather simplistic, generic ands a bit 'twee' for my liking....

With this book you enjoy the best of what 'Frozen Earth' had to offer, at your own pace and with a wealth of quite stunning photos reproduced to the best possible effect on good quality paper - albeit that the soothing tones of Sir David are absent !

The Amazon product webpage includes a 'Look inside' feature so you can get a good idea of what's on offer....

So, in some ways this book is better than the TV series and considering that it should be easily possible to pick up a very decent-condition 'used' copy for a snip on Amazon Marketplace as I did.

For lovers of these kind of books and especially the work of the BBC Natural History Unit it is something of a 'no-brainer' and highly recommended.
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