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The Extinction Club: The Mostly True Story of Two Men, One Deer and a Writer Hardcover – 7 Jun 2001

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition edition (7 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241140676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241140673
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Twigger writes about extreme experiences and extreme places. He has written about several expeditions to remote parts of the world he has taken part in. He writes in sometimes memoir, sometimes fiction formats.

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"* 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius' meets 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne' - a funny and hugely entertaining tale * 'Brilliant... everyone should read it' - Tony Parsons * 'A splendidly written adventure' - Independent on Sunday * 'At last, a travel book with a raison d'etre... a wonderfully enjoyable tale' - Independent"

About the Author

ROBERT TWIGGER won the Newdigate Prize for poetry at Oxford in 1985. He is the author of ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS (Gollancz, 1997; winner of the Somerset Maugham prize and 1998 William Hill Sports Book of the Year) and BIG SNAKE (Gollancz, 1999). He lives in Oxford.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Watson VINE VOICE on 15 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
Those of you expecting something on the lines of Dava Sobell's 'Longitude' or Simon Winchester's 'Surgeon of Crowthorne', be prepared to be very disappointed.
Not so much a book about a species on the verge of extinction; more a story of a man trying and failing to write that story. Consisting mostly of describing how the author could milk the maximum out of his sponsors, along with side-tracks about Naguib Mafouz and a genocidal maniac, it fails miserably to meet the description on the coverleaf.
I kept reading, hoping against hope that it would suddenly transform into a gem, with all the loose threads collected together in a brilliant climax... Sadly not.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pere David's Deer, otherwise known as the Milu, which went extinct in its native China and was restored by a captive herd in Britain, is the putative topic. It only occupies a few pages.

There's a lot of rambling, comments by the author about himself and side tracks. Some of the side tracks are well explored and worth a trip. Some are padding, as presented anyway.

This is a slim volume and I was disappointed and surprised that despite the descriptions of the comically assembled deer, there is no photo or drawing any larger than the thumbnail sketch on the cover.

There is a section about a club of gun nuts - mostly American - who - the author claims - go around the world deliberately trying to drive endangered species extinct. If any of this is true the author should supply all details to appropriate authorities and to groups like WWF. Endangered species are almost always preserved from hunting. If none of it is true it has no business in this book.

Not a great read, but an okay browse. Some humour, but not that funny. Some intelligent comment and research, but not enough for any claim to depth.
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By A Customer on 20 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the reviewer from Sharjah I read this without expectation, not hoping it was another Longitude or other 'little book' of that type, but paying attention to what the author has to stay. And oh boy does Twigger have a lot to say. This is a book quite unlike anything anyone else is writing. The honesty and care in conclusion shine through. His writing style is casually perfect and - for me this is a telling point so often lost on the po faced critics - chock full of very funny jokes. I really enjoyed the discontinuity and the competing strands of the text. A major entertaining and thoughtful work on the nature of values and what deserves to survive. Just buy it - you won't regret it.
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