"...marvellous book... Manjit Kumar, Financial Times "...a refreshingly original book..." V.S. Ramachandran, Big Reads 2010, New Scientist "...deftly written... will delight and inform..." The Guardian "An enduring story bursting at the seams with intriguing, fantastical and disturbing anecdotes." New Scientist "The Species Seekers still brilliantly evokes that just-before-Darwin era..." BBC Focus "A brilliant history of amateur naturalists' invaluable work." BBC Wildlife "...highlights how new discoveries generate... breakthroughs." Nature "Seldom have so many of their [freelance collectors] travails been recounted in one volume, much less with such narrative skill, poignancy and good humour." TLS "Richard Conniff provides a thoroughly entertaining series of adventure stories..." Richard Fortey, TLS Books of the Year 2011 "Overall the book is an engrossing and intriguing read that's sure to pique the interest of many a budding naturalist or historian in equal measure." Real Travel "...fascinating book..." Wanderlust "A meticulously researched and witty tale of the history of natural history..." Grrl Scientist "...excellent narrative...This thoroughly enjoyable book should be a classic for anyone interested in the history of natural history." --School Science Review
This is a most readable history of naturalists. --The Independent
A swashbuckling swing through the heyday of Victorian natural history... --Irish Times
About the Author
Richard Conniff is an award-winning magazine writer, a frequent commentator on NPR and a guest columnist for The New York Times. His most recent book is Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time (ISBN 978 0 393 30457 2).