From Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern Territory of Australia, he and his cameraman companion were aiming to record not just the wildlife, but the way of life of some of the indigenous people of these regions, whose traditions had never been encountered by most of the British public before.
From the land divers of Pentecost Island and the sing-sings of New Guinea, to a Royal Kava ceremony on Tonga and the ancient art of the Northern Territory, it is a journey like no other. Alongside these remarkable cultures he encounters paradise birds, chameleons, sifakas and many more animals in some of the most unique environments on the planet.
Written with David Attenborough's characteristic charm, humour and warmth, Journeys to the Other Side of the World is an inimitable adventure among people, places and the wildest of wildlife.
Abundantly good (TLS)
With charm, erudition, humour and passion, the world's favourite natural history broadcaster documents some of his expeditions from the late 1950s onwards (Sunday Express)
This book is a wondrous reminder of Attenborough's pioneering role and the often hilarious difficulties he faced . . . A century ago, we learnt about exotic creatures from intrepid explorers in pith helmets. Now we learn from slick, professional TV presenters. David Attenborough has led the way from one style to the other and this book is full of delightful tales from the period of transition. (Daily Express)
Engaging and evocative but ultimately poignant . . . Attenborough is a fine writer and storyteller (Irish Times)
An adventure that sparked a lifetime's commitment to the planet (The Lady)
With his usual charm and generosity, Attenborough allows us along for the ride (Irish Examiner)
An in-depth look at the beloved naturalist's momentous voyage made in his youth across the globe (Woman's Weekly)
Pure gold . . . the story of a journey to discover the fugitive, mythical, 'other': Paradise (Wild at Home)
A beautifully written book . . . it retains all the trademark Attenborough magic. (WI Magazine)
About the Author
Sir David Attenborough is a broadcaster and naturalist whose television career is now in its seventh decade. After studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge and a brief stint in publishing, he joined the BBC. Since the launch of his famous Zoo Quest series in 1954 he has surveyed almost every aspect of life on earth and brought it to the viewing public. His latest programme, Planet Earth II, was the most-watched nature documentary of all time.