My Natural History

Published by Short Books on 4th March 2010

In My Natural History Simon Barnes, like a modern-day Gerard Durrell, weaves together the story of his life via the animals and the natural encounters that have shaped it.

From the greater horseshoe bat that transported Barnes from the dull classrooms of his youth, to the great whale which marked the moment he knew he was going to be a writer, from Himalayan kingfishers in India, to majestic lions in the Luangwa valley, each animal represents a piece n the puzzle of Barnes’s life.

With its humour and poetry, every page fizzling with Barnes’s infectious enthusiasm, My Natural History cannot fail to delight and enthral any lover of the wild world.