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on 15 July 2001
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.