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Natural history new titles

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If you’re fascinated by flora and fauna, our natural history section has everything you need. This list updates when we add new titles to the collection.

Bat  by Tessa Laird


Tessa Laird

"Bats have been misunderstood and maligned in the West for centuries. Unfair associations with demons have seen their leathery wings adorn numerous evil characters, from the Devil to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But these amazing animals are ecological sup...

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A naturalist's guide to the flowers of Sri Lanka  by Darshani Singhalage

A naturalist's guide to the flowers of Sri Lanka

Darshani Singhalage

"Written by experts with extensive local knowledge, each volume features 100 -280 species that the amateur naturalist might expect to see in the field, with high quality photographs accompanied by detailed species descriptions that include common nam...

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New Zealand birds in pictures  by Kimball Chen

New Zealand birds in pictures

Kimball Chen

"From the barely-visible wings of the flightless kiwi to the immense wingspan of the wandering albatross, New Zealand's fragile island ecosystem is home to a diverse array of spectacular birds. Delve into the fascinating world of our feathered friends...

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Weird plants  by Chris Thorogood

Weird plants

Chris Thorogood

"For the first time, this extraordinary compilation showcases weird, mysterious and bizarre plants from around the world. Plants trick, kill, steal and kidnap, and this unique book explores a fascinating world in which plants have turned the tables on...

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Wonderful weeds and various varmints  by Bob (General surgeon) Collier

Wonderful weeds and various varmints

Bob (General surgeon) Collier

"Immersed in a world of sprawling concrete and hyper-advancing technology, we can begin to see the natural landscape as a thing of the past. All the more reason, suggests Bob Collier, a self-professed nature lover, to set out on the often- unrecognized...

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Through a glass brightly  by David P. Barash

Through a glass brightly

David P. Barash

"Human beings are important, especially to themselves! But as science advances, it has become increasingly clear that we are less special and more natural than many people have long believed. This book shows how, as we finally look at ourselves honestly...

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Europe  by Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery


Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery

It is hard to overstate just how unusual Europe was towards the end of the age of the dinosaurs. It was a dynamic island arc whose individual landmasses were made up of diverse geological types, including ancient continental fragments, raised segments...

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Underbug  by Lisa Margonelli


Lisa Margonelli

"Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff an...

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When the last lion roars  by Sara Evans

When the last lion roars

Sara Evans

"The illegal killing of Cecil – a famous and magnificent black-maned Zimbabwean lion – by an American big-game hunter in 2015 sparked international outrage. More significantly, it drew the world's attention to the devastating plight of Africa's lions....

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Sharks  by Salvador Jorgensen


Salvador Jorgensen

"Sharks are exquisite creatures refined and honed by competitive forces that have lived in balance with ocean prey for millions of years. They live in every ocean habitat on Earth, from shallow tide pools to the deep abyss, and from the open ocean to...

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The golden-bristled boar  by Jeffrey Greene

The golden-bristled boar

Jeffrey Greene

"The wild boar appears to us as something straight out of a myth. But as Jeffrey Greene learned, these creatures are very real, living by night and, despite shrinking habitats and hordes of hunters, thriving on six continents. Greene purchased an...

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Blueprint  by Robert Plomin


Robert Plomin

In 'Blueprint', behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differenc...

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Birds of Terengganu = Burung-burung di negeri Terengganu  by author Anuar McAfee

Birds of Terengganu = Burung-burung di negeri Terengganu

author Anuar McAfee

"First bilingual, easy to use bird guide for Terengganu. Highlighting the best birdwatching locations in the state. Complete and up to date checklist of the 463 birds found in Terengganu."--Publisher description.

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Four wings and a prayer  by Sue Halpern

Four wings and a prayer

Sue Halpern

Traces the migrations of thousands of monarch butterflies who fly from as far north as Canada to fifty forested acres in Mexico each year.

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The way of coyote  by Gavin Van Horn

The way of coyote

Gavin Van Horn

"A hiking trail through majestic mountains. A raw, unpeopled wilderness stretching as far as the eye can see. These are the settings we associate with our most famous books about nature. But Gavin Van Horn isn't most nature writers. He lives and works...

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The ethnobotany of Eden  by Robert A. Voeks

The ethnobotany of Eden

Robert A. Voeks

"In the mysterious and pristine forests of the tropics, a wealth of ethnobotanical panaceas and shamanic knowledge promises cures for everything from cancer and AIDS to the common cold. To access such miracles, we need only to discover and protect th...

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Pandas to penguins  by Melissa Gaskill

Pandas to penguins

Melissa Gaskill

"Perhaps nothing about nature calls to us as deeply as wild animals. To see an enormous whale leaping out of the water, the eerily human eyes of a gorilla, or the comical waddle of a penguin; to hear the ethereal howl of a wolf or majestic roar of a ...

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How to be a good creature  by Sy Montgomery

How to be a good creature

Sy Montgomery

"National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green. Understand...

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Warblers and woodpeckers  by Sneed B. Collard

Warblers and woodpeckers

Sneed B. Collard

"A humorous, lighthearted account of a father and son's Big Year traveling across the country and abroad on a birdwatching quest"--

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Discover the extraordinary diversity of the plant world - and how plants work - with this photographic celebration of the trees, flowers, and foliage plants that share our planet. From tiny mosses and delicate ferns to vibrant blooms and stately palms,...

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Plight of the living dead  by Matt Simon

Plight of the living dead

Matt Simon

"Zombification isn't just the stuff of movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead. It's real, and it's happening all around us, from wasps and crickets to dogs and moose--and even humans. In Plight of the Living Dead, science journalist Matt Simon documents...

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Papa Goose  by Michael Quetting

Papa Goose

Michael Quetting

"Michael Quetting shares the heartwarming true story of how he became a father to seven rambunctious goslings--and the surprising things he learned along the way. Starting at the beginning, with the eggs, the journey takes the geese from the comfort of...

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The secret life of whales  by Micheline Jenner

The secret life of whales

Micheline Jenner

"Marine biologist Micheline Jenner discovered humpback breeding grounds off the Kimberley coast, uncovered pygmy blue whale feeding spots and, with her husband Curt, is one of very few people to witness a humpback whale giving birth. In 'The secret life...

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The secret network of nature  by Peter Wohlleben

The secret network of nature

Peter Wohlleben

Did you know that trees can influence the rotation of the earth? Or that wolves can alter the course of a river? Or that earthworms control wild boar populations? The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans....

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A primate's memoir  by Robert M. Sapolsky

A primate's memoir

Robert M. Sapolsky

"Book-smart and more than a little naive, Robert Sapolsky left the comforts of college in the US for a research project studying a troop of baboons in Kenya. Whether he's relating his adventures with his neighbours, Masai tribesmen, or his experiences...

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The wolverine way  by Douglas H. Chadwick

The wolverine way

Douglas H. Chadwick

Overview: Glutton, demon of destruction, symbol of slaughter, mightiest of wilderness villains. The wolverine comes marked with a reputation based on myth and fancy. Yet this enigmatic animal is more complex than the legends that surround it. With a ...

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The book of snakes  by Mark O'Shea

The book of snakes

Mark O'Shea

"Profiling 600 significant species from around the world, The Book of Snakes covers almost one in six of all known snakes. Each entry includes details of the snake's significance, including rarity, behaviour patterns, feeding habits and defensive tec...

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Across the bridge  by Henry Gee

Across the bridge

Henry Gee

"Our understanding of vertebrate origins and the backbone of human history evolves with each new fossil find and DNA map. Many species have now had their genomes sequenced, and molecular techniques allow genetic inspection of even non-model organisms....

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The book of humans  by Adam Rutherford

The book of humans

Adam Rutherford

"Around 45,000 years ago, something happened. We dragged ourselves away from our origins by creating culture, with tools and art and abstract thought and our newly minted minds. The cognitive revolution gave us a sense that we are special, and specia...

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Staying with the trouble  by Donna Jeanne Haraway

Staying with the trouble

Donna Jeanne Haraway

"In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthro...

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Why evolution is true  by Jerry A. Coyne

Why evolution is true

Jerry A. Coyne

Presents the many threads of modern work in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy that demonstrate the indelible stamp of the evolutionary processes first proposed by Darwin.

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Whales  by Kelsey Oseid


Kelsey Oseid

"Some of the world's most fascinating and beloved animals, cetaceans have captivated the human imagination for centuries. Whales: An Illustrated Celebration explores the most interesting and illuminating facts about these marine mammals, from the enormous...

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Tree  by David T. Suzuki


David T. Suzuki

"All across the planet, trees literally hold the world together. This is the ... biography of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from its cone until, more than five hundred years alter, it lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving...

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Science is beautiful  by Colin Salter

Science is beautiful

Colin Salter

"In images that are as exquisite as any art, this stunning collection unearths some of the most unique photographs of flowers, trees, grasses, and other plants ever created, all made possible by the electron microscope. It not only allows us to appreciate...

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Lamarck's revenge  by Peter D. (Peter Douglas) Ward

Lamarck's revenge

Peter D. (Peter Douglas) Ward

"Epigenetics upends natural selection and genetic mutation as the sole engines of evolution, and offers startling insights into our future heritable traits. In the 1700s, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck first described epigenetics to explain the inheritance of...

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Urban arboreal  by Michael 1941- author. Jordan

Urban arboreal

Michael 1941- author. Jordan

"Trees are an important part of the life of many cities. Whether in avenues or parks they provide shade, a green resting place for the eye, comfort for the mind, and as we increasingly know from research, help keep the atmosphere cool and fresh. Some...

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The A to Z of wildlife watching  by Amy-Jane Beer

The A to Z of wildlife watching

Amy-Jane Beer

"Discover the best places to spot 300 of the world's most exciting and unusual creatures, from the soaring Andean condor and prowling Bengal tiger, to singing humpback whales and migrating wildebeest. Packed with stunning photos, details of each crea...

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Where corals lie  by J. Malcolm (John Malcolm) Shick

Where corals lie

J. Malcolm (John Malcolm) Shick

For millennia corals were a marine enigma confounding classification and occupying a space between the animal and vegetable kingdoms. Ultimately their animal and symbiotic natures were recognized, and they remain the focus of intense fascination and ...

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Sexual selection  by M. (Marlene) Zuk

Sexual selection

M. (Marlene) Zuk

"Sexual selection, Darwin's other big idea, is the selection for particular traits and behaviours that results from (usually) female choice and male competition. It can produce flamboyant features, such as the peacock's tail, which would seem to be d...

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The seaweed chronicles  by Susan Hand Shetterly

The seaweed chronicles

Susan Hand Shetterly

"An ancient and vital part of the ecosystem, seaweed is now emerging as an increasingly important source of food in a world faced with diminishing natural resources. The Seaweed Chronicles opens a window into the world of this fascinating plant by providing...

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The illustrated herbiary  by Maia Toll

The illustrated herbiary

Maia Toll

In this beautifully illustrated gift book featuring insightful profiles of 36 familiar herbs, fruits, and flowers, herbalist Maia Toll shows how interacting with plants can be a form of meditation. Tarot-inspired cards featuring smaller versions of t...

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Hedgehogs  by James Lowen


James Lowen

"In Spotlight: Hedgehogs, James Lowen reveals what a Hedgehog is and how it lives, unveiling the secrets of its lifestyle, such as foraging and hibernating, rolling into a ball and building a nest. He also investigates the relationship between Hedgehogs...

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The equations of life  by Charles Cockell

The equations of life

Charles Cockell

"Why do gazelles have legs and not wheels? Why is all life based on carbon rather than silicon? Why do humans have eyes on the front of their heads? And beyond earth, would life - if it should exist - look like our own? The puzzles of life astound and...

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Genetics isn't everything  by Katherine S. Egan

Genetics isn't everything

Katherine S. Egan

"With autoimmune illnesses increasing at alarming rates while most of the population is feeling fat, tired and depressed, this book will show you that genetics isn't everything. You do have control over your health despite what the medical community may...

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The re-origin of species  by Torill Kornfeldt

The re-origin of species

Torill Kornfeldt

From the Siberian permafrost to balmy California, scientists across the globe are working to resurrect all kinds of extinct animals, from ones that just left us to those that have been gone for many thousands of years. Their tools in this hunt are both...

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Genetics 101  by Beth Skwarecki

Genetics 101

Beth Skwarecki

"A clear and straightforward explanation of genetics in this new edition of the popular 101 series. Our genetic makeup determines so much about who we are, and what we pass on to our children--from eye color, to height, to health, and even our longev...

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A new reality  by Jonas Salk

A new reality

Jonas Salk

"A new reality: human evolution for a sustainable future provides a startling, fresh new message of understanding, perspective and hope for today's tense, rapid-fire, kaleidoscopically changing world. Drawn from the writings of visionary scientist Jonas...

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Spying on whales by Nick Pyenson

Spying on whales

Nick Pyenson

"Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. We have hunted them for thousands of years and scratched their icons into our mythologies. ... In this ... book ... Nick Ryenson takes us to the...

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Ground truth  by Mark L. Hineline

Ground truth

Mark L. Hineline

"We know that the Earth's climate is changing and that the magnitude of this change is colossal. At the same time, the world outside is still a natural world, and one we can experience on a granular level every day. [This book] is a guide to living in...

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An elephant in my kitchen  by Françoise Malby-Anthony

An elephant in my kitchen

Françoise Malby-Anthony

"Françoise never expected to find herself responsible for a herd of elephants with a troubled past. A chic Parisienne, her life changed forever when she fell in love with South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony. Together they founded a game reserve...

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BUZZ  by Thor Hanson


Thor Hanson

"From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters and maons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies and aour very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers and as much as a third...

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New Zealand lichens  by W. M. (William McLagan) Malcolm

New Zealand lichens

W. M. (William McLagan) Malcolm

"Fungi can't make their own food. They survive only because they've evolved ways of getting food from other creatures. Some of them take on algal and bacterial partners that can make food by trapping sunlight. That "life style" is called a lichen. Of...

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Darwin comes to town  by Menno Schilthuizen

Darwin comes to town

Menno Schilthuizen

We are marching towards a future in which three-quarters of humans live in cities, more than half of the landmass of the planet is urbanized, and the rest is covered by farms, pasture, and plantations. Increasingly, as we become ever more city-centric,...

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Genetics  by Adam Rutherford


Adam Rutherford

Genetics is a clear, simple and entertaining introduction to the simple code that determines the fate of all living things - DNA. Written by broadcaster and geneticist Adam Rutherford, Genetics breaks down the DNA code - an alphabet of four letters a...

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Mrs Moreau's warbler  by Stephen 1960- author. Moss

Mrs Moreau's warbler

Stephen 1960- author. Moss

"We use names so often, and with such little thought, that we often forget to pause and wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who originally created them? Since the dawn of mankind we have been driven by a primordial...

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