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4.0 out of 5 stars Great English Eccentric, 12 July 2003
This review is from: Jolly Green Giant (Hardcover)
David Bellamy is one of the great English eccentrics and as a television performer he invites comparison with such people as Patrick Moore, Magnus Pyke and Lionel Fanthorpe. He is well known as an environmental campaigner and his autobiography gives a fascinating - though sometimes bewildering - account of the many causes with which he has been involved. Equally interesting are the chapters describing his large multi-racial adopted family. I was, personally, very interested in the chapters describing his early religious upbringing in a Baptist family and church, where the young David aspired to - but never quite achieved - the same sort of "Damascus Road" conversion that others described. Nowadays, Bellamy still describes himself as a Christian, and there is a fascinating transcript of a sermon that he delivered in Southwark Cathedral, though I think he assumes too readily that a desire to convert others to a religious belief can only be explained in terms of a wish to dominate and exercise power. As someone who enjoyed using the I-SPY books as a child I was pleased to read of Bellamy's own fascination with the series, and his brief time as "Chief I-SPY" in the 1980s when he updated the books for a new generation. Bellamy has much to say to us on environmental and conservation issues and I hope this book will be widely read.
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