I highly recommend Professor Brian Cox's latest offering, released 24th January 2013 - `Wonders of Life'. It accompanies the UK TV series of the same name. I read each of the five chapters following watching the TV programme each Sunday evening.
The book not only mirrors the fascinating content of each TV episode but adds much more detail than the one hour TV programme can accommodate. A totally fascinating coverage which includes much more information plus lots of stunning photographs.
Following Cox's `Wonders of the Solar System' and `Wonders of the Universe', this volume, `Wonders of Life', completes a fascinating trilogy, simply explained and beautifully illustrated. All three TV series are now also available to pre-order as a boxed set on DVD. Everyone should watch all of them and read the accompanying books. They are worth every penny. Understanding our solar system, the origin and destiny of the universe and the story of life on Earth is the most wonderful journey we could ever undertake. Magical!
The good thing is, they have just announced a new series which starts filming in July 2013. Hope there will be another accompanying book!