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Frozen Planet Hardcover – 13 Oct 2011
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
When she opened it on Christmas day and had a good look several of the pages were damaged,I returned it and as I wanted it urgently I ordered another before the original was returned and found that it had gone up in price £1.50.
Having said that, the replacement book came and it is an absolutely beautiful book,the images are absolutely stunning.It is well worth the money,but I think it's a bit off that in a very short space of time Amazon put the price of the book up.
The book deserves 5 stars, but on this occasion I am afraid amazon don't!!
Following a chapter on the geography,geology and ecology of the North and South polar regions the book deals with the 4 seasons at these areas and how they affect the residents both on land and in the sea.
A further chapter covers tales from the poles that explain discoveries and exploration.
Very well written and researched with magnificent pictures and maps.
Highly recommended -a credit to the BBC
only one problem I have is that I didn't realise how big the book would be, and that the packaging was huge!! not very discrete haha.
all in all, I do love it! it will be the best present I will give to anyone haha, I just need to give it her on the day, that could be hard as I may want to keep it myself :P
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