10 Jan 2011

The Jewel Hunter

By Rory Mccann

Chris Gooddie, 424 pages £17.99  BUY NOW “Insightful, compelling and laugh-out-loud funny, this is more than a book about birds. It's a true story detailing the lengths to which a man will go to escape his mid-life crisis. A travelogue with a difference, it follows a journey from the suburban straitjacket of High Wycombe to the steamy, leech-infested rainforests of remotest Asia, Africa and Australia. Dangerous situations, personal traumas and logistical nightmares threaten The Jewel Hunter's progress. Will venomous snakes or razor-clawed bears intervene? Or will running out of fuel mid-Pacific ultimately sink the mission? The race is on...” If you’ve ever yearned to escape your day job, wondered what makes men tick, or simply puzzled over how to make a truly world-class cup of tea, this is the book for you. "The tale of a birdwatcher who goes to extraordinary lengths…Chris Gooddie tells his story with self-deprecating humour and the well-travelled will recognize and enjoy his adventures in Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and Zambia. But most pittas hang on in exceedingly inaccessible locations, forcing the author to hack through jungle, encrusted with leeches and beset by deadly snakes and dysentery, in pursuit of each tick" -Derek Niemann: BBC Wildlife Magazine March 2011 "I am certain that anyone buying this exuberant, vivid, superbly-told book will revel vicariously in a journey none of us are likely to ever take. If by now I haven’t convinced you that I honestly, truly, and genuinely recommend this book than I may as well never review another one. Buy it and be entertained, enthralled, and consumed by wander-lust." Charlie Moores, www.10000birds.com