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Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster Hardcover – October 20, 2002
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"[An] engaging and often amusing text."--Choice
"The boyish enthusiasm of the young Leicestershire schoolboy who had his own museum, and collected fossils, butterflies, skulls, and eggs, remains with Attenborough today after 50 years of experience with the media."--Sir Ghilean Prance, Times Higher Education Supplement
"Lively and witty accounts of expeditions and television politics make the book and adventure in itself. . . . Life on Air is another Attenborough production you will thoroughly enjoy."--Wildlife Activist
About the Author
Errol Fuller is well known for his books on extinction and extinct species, as well as an artist and collector of natural history material. He is passionate about the Birds of Paradise.
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Sir David's first job - after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy - was at the London publishing house Hodder & Stoughton. Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer and it was while working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64) that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat.
He was Controller of BBC2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for the BBC (1969-1972). However in 1973 he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing.
Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading natural history programme maker with several landmark BBC series, including Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Life of Birds (1998), Life of Mammals (2002) and Life in the Undergrowth (2005). Sir David is a Trustee of the British Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge; a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1985.
Top Customer Reviews
Told with a lot of humour, the reader will meet all manner of fascinating people and animals in every corner of the world. This man has done more in his life than any of us will ever do and he has shared it with us on screen and in this marvellous book.
The book is entirely readible with several unexpected laughs in store.
A master at understating his own achievements, Attenborough tells the story of his work with the BBC, spanning an incredible fifty years. Often facing the worst inconveniences of tropical insects for days on end to get illusive shots of nature's wonders, he has tirelessly laboured to bring precious knowledge to the world of the richness of our planet.
He was said to be the person who travelled the most on our planet. With his never boring way of telling us things, of course the book is a must buy!
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this is a fantastic read from an inspiring man. his work and passion are evident in his writing and documentaries. i found this work very personal, i was never left wondering. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Bob Hope
The delivery was quick. The product condition was great. This was my first online book purchase. The book condition was way better than I had thought. Thumbs up.Published on March 16, 2013 by Jash
A brilliant book by a brilliant man. My brother actually went to the same school as the Attenborough brothers (although not at the same time! Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Susie l
This is a fascinating account of David Attenboroughs career with the BBC. It is intrigueing to read of the behind the camara stories to some of his most memorable scenes and... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Spider Monkey