Mem­oirs

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - READING ROOM -

AD­VEN­TURES OF A YOUNG NAT­U­RAL­IST by David At­ten­bor­ough, Ha­chette.

Learn about the be­gin­ning of David At­ten­bor­ough’s re­mark­able ca­reer in wildlife doc­u­men­taries as he re­counts the ex­pe­di­tions he took for the first series of TV show Zoo Quest. Th­ese trav­els in 1954 took him to Guyana, In­done­sia and Paraguay, both to film the an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and to bring some back for the Lon­don Zoo’s collection. Know­ing what the now 91-year-old went on to achieve, this em­i­nently read­able mem­oir is a fas­ci­nat­ing step back in time.

DRAWN OUT: A SE­RI­OUSLY FUNNY MEM­OIR by Tom Scott, Allen & Un­win.

Not many peo­ple have been banned from China by a prime min­is­ter, but Kiwi car­toon­ist and writer Tom Scott was the re­cip­i­ent of that par­tic­u­lar glory dur­ing his life as a po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor for pub­li­ca­tions like the Lis­tener and The Do­min­ion Post. His job got him up close and per­sonal with key po­lit­i­cal fig­ures at home and abroad, and this mem­oir is as much a his­tory of his fa­mous comics as it is a warm, funny and oc­ca­sion­ally foul-mouthed love let­ter to jour­nal­ism dur­ing that time.

ED­MUND HIL­LARY, A BI­OG­RA­PHY by Michael Gill, Pot­ton & Bur­ton.

Sir Ed­mund’s story is widely known but what makes this bi­og­ra­phy stand out is that it has been writ­ten by a close friend of the leg­endary climber. Michael Gill joined Hil­lary on many of his ex­pe­di­tions and was also in­volved in his aid work in the Hi­malayas dur­ing their five-decade friend­ship. He writes not only from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence but also from his ac­cess to the Hil­lary fam­ily ar­chives. The re­sult is an in­sight­ful look at the hu­man­ity of a great Kiwi hero.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.