Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Book Review: Life on Air by David Attenborough

Life on Air is Sir David Attenborough's autobiography covering his life from his first days at the BBC and focusing upon his work in making wildlife documentaries but also dealing with his time in the senior administration of the BBC.

As one would expect from Sir David Attenborough, this is an extremely skillfully written book using language that draws the reader in as though they become part of each anecdote. Of course, with such a long career in pioneering wildlife documentaries, there is no lack of interesting, insightful and often, amusing anecdotes to read. In fact the reader gets to the end and feels that there are far more interesting and amusing stories to tell.

Whilst the chapters surrounding David's time creating wildlife documentaries is probably the most anticipated reading by his fans, the parts of the book dealing with his time in the highest echelons of the BBC are also very good reading and slightly surprising even to those most familiar with David Attenborough's work.

Naturally, with so much travel behind him and such a distinguished career, there are many revealing photographs to accompany the text; if only there had been more room for more photos, perhaps in another book to come?


This is one of the most interesting and enjoyable books I have ever read and it is to be highly recommended to fans of Sir David and anyone who has enjoyed many of his wildlife documentaries with the BBC over the years.

Oh yes, my copy has a dedication to me from Sir David Attenborough in the front cover. Thanks mum for queuing!

Score: 10/10

If you are a fan of David Attenborough you can read a review of another of his books here - The Life of Birds.


Nikki-ann said...

I think this is definitely one I'd enjoy :) Thanks for the review.

Bruce said...

Sir David is such a fascinating presenter, I look forward to reading his autobiography!