Peter Scott: Painter and Naturalist Paperback – 3 Oct 1995
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Whilst I knew of Peter Scott, from his TV appearances in the 1960s and 70s, and of Slimbridge, and I knew something of his childhood, from my readings of his mother Kathleen (see especially 'A Great Task of Happiness by Louisa Young), I had not previously realised what a substantial figure he was in so many spheres. Having lost his father when he was a infant, his childhood ebbed and flowed, with little sign of what was to come. His hobby, painting, became his major source of personal income and his early fascination with wild-fowling turned on its head to inspire his lifelong pioneering of the cause of conservation. His wartime exploits were breathtaking, and he achieved international success in his hobbies of sailing and gliding. So a young man, who feared that he would only be known as the son of a famous figure, became a figure of great substance in his own right, becoming a Companion of Honour and earning a DFC with bar, a CBE and a knighthood, establishing the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and being a prime mover in developing the World Wildlife Fund. And by all accounts, he did this without any sense of his own self importance and constantly underplayed his achievements. One can but speculate that he inherited so much from his famous father and his talented mother.
What I especially liked was the way Elspeth Huxley crafted this outstanding biography. It became clear that she left no stone unturned in the research which underpins the book.Read more ›