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A groundbreaking tie-in to an epic BBC series, and the biggest and most exciting natural history story of all - the story of life on earth.

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Martha Holmes was the series producer of Life. She is a marine biologist with a PhD from the University of York and has produced programmes for major series including Life in the Freezer and Blue Planet, as well as the BAFTA-winning Wildlife Special- Polar Bear.

Michael Gunton was the executive editor of Life and is director of development for the BBC NHU. He has a PhD in zoology from the University of Cambridge. Mike was series editor for The Natural World for three years and executive producer on numerous films and series, including Ultimate Killers, Galapagos, David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth and Alan Titchmarsh's British Isles- a Natural History.


In 2009, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, the BBC premiered the ten-episode television documentary Life to great acclaim (it recently aired on the Discovery Channel and will be rebroadcast on Animal Planet this summer). Written by the documentary's producers, this impressive companion volume showcases species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds, mammals, and plants that have developed unique or unusual strategies for solving "the eternal problems of life": finding food, escaping predators, attracting mates, and raising young. For some readers, this could be their first exposure to an array of exotic creatures with incredible survival behaviors. The basilisk lizard that outruns prey by sprinting across water on two legs and the bulldog bat that snags fish in its hooked claws as it flies over water at 40 miles per hour are just two of the book's exceptional species. Verdict With its dazzling photographs and superb narrative Life manages to be not only a fitting tribute to Darwin but very entertaining science. Even the most casual reader will be awed by the beauty, complexity, and ingenuity of nature as celebrated here. Highly recommended for all natural history collections.-Cynthia Knight, Hunterdon Cty. Lib., Flemington, NJ Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

"The perfect present for nieces, nephews and godchildren, this is one of those books that once bought will remain a bookcase favourtie for years to come. ...fascinating and informative in equal measure" * She Magazine *
"Life is a breathtaking view of the world, of the plants and animals, featuring incredible photos from around the world" -- Laurence Howell * Shortlist *

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