Ivory, Apes & Peacocks: Animals, adventure and discovery in the wild places of Africa Hardcover – 6 Sep 2012
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"Written by a consummate wordsmith, Alan Root’s enthralling memoir is the best true-life adventure story to come out of Africa for years. The final chapter, which describes Root’s last moments with Joan, I found almost too painful to read (5 star review)" (Brian Jackman Daily Telegraph)
"This is an entrancing book. Root is a natural story-teller, roaming East Africa before poachers began to decimate the wildlife. Against the staggering backdrop of East Africa’s landscape and wildlife, the darkness of its problems casts a growing shadow over this book... Luckily, Alan Root’s wonderful films remain, a testimony to the man of whom David Attenborough once said: ‘He made wild-life films grow up'" (Daily Mail)
"In a riveting memoir, Root offers far more than a few well-work anecdotes of cute, hand-reared animals who like to sit down to breakfast with you and curl up on the sofa after dinner...a truly compelling book, savage and sparkling by turns" (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday)
"Root is aware that his magical life has ‘run parallel with a heartbreaking holocaust, as wildlife conservation has proved to be a disastrous failure’. This wonderful book can’t put it more honestly than that. Not only are the current generation of wildlife film-makers mere pygmies compared to Root, but soon they will not even be able to attempt matching his documentaries because the world he captured has ceased to exist." (Aidan Hartley Spectator)
"If Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s touching and romantic Love, Life, and Elephants has been climbing the bestseller lists in Britain and America, Alan Root’s Ivory, Apes and Peacocks is by far the deeper and more interesting read. The problems that beset Africa’s wildlife - population pressures, poaching, drought and disease - are all part of this story, though balanced here by Mr Root’s sense of fun and adventure" (The Economist)
Breathtaking close-up look at Africa's animals and natural wonders from one of our great wildlife pioneersSee all Product Description
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version of things after his marriage to Joan fell apart, having just read Wildflower (life of Joan Root)
Such a shame after all he and Joan had done together that Jenny came into his life. And again a shame that Joan wasted so many years of her life waiting and hoping for him to come back. Reading Wildflower I had the hope throughout that he would go back to her....reading Alan's book it was obvious he was never going to. But she eventually turned her life around even though it ended sadly and after Jenny had gone Alan finds love again and starts a family. However much of this book is not about that...but about the amazing bush and life in Africa's Congo and Kenya. Alan was a real young man of Africa..unafraid, daring, modest and funny and led a very exciting life which actually got him somewhere as opposed to many good folks who tried for years to make a success of a life in Africa and got nowhere. As the title suggests--more about Africa's birds and gorillas with less about big game animals.
This guy knows what he is talking about and makes no pretence about the tough sides of the animal kingdom as well as the
cuddly sides - lions eat zebra - hippos and crocs chop up humans and bush babies pee on you...it's all here !
His adventures with the guerrillas are really fantastic. Enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i found this facinating, and have bought it as a present - - -as I am visually impaired I read it originally in large print from the local library. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary Keefe mary
A very interesting read , brings back memories of years ago wildlife programs on TV . Have bought 2 more for Xmas pressies .Published 8 months ago by Twigg
It's a good book and worth reading. I've only given 3 stars, the front cover was starting to peal. Amazon, check no more is like this? I was in the printing industry.Published 13 months ago by Ptc Considine
A book worth reading. Captures the days if early safari. Many interesting stories. If you enjoy wild life and the wilderness you will enjoy this book.Published 15 months ago by Lynne Northcote
I simply could not put the book down especially as I met Alan Root and was working in Kenya at the time a lot of the story was being experienced and can vouch for the authenticity... Read morePublished on 8 April 2014 by John Standring
This is the best written autobiography I have ever read, full of wit and truth. It is the record of a life spent among the people and wild animals of Africa, filming them for the... Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by Nic Pickford