Darwin's Island : The Galapagos in the Garden of England, Paperback

Darwin's Island : The Galapagos in the Garden of England Paperback

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The Origin of Species may be the most famous book in science but its stature tends to obscure much of Charles Darwin's other works.

His visit to the Galapagos lasted just five weeks and on his return he never left Britain again.

Darwin spent forty years working on the plants, animals and people of his native land and wrote over six million words on topics as different as dogs, insect-eating plants, orchids, earthworms, apes and human emotion.

Together they laid the foundations of modern biology.

In this beautifully written, witty and illuminating book, Steve Jones explores the domestic Darwin, tracing the great naturalist's journey across Britain: a voyage not of the body, but of the mind.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Integrated: 10, chapter heads
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9780349121413



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I put off reading this for ages, after picking it up from a remainders shop. I've read so many popular biology books, what would I learn? But I should have known better - Steve Jones is always an engaging and entertaining author. This is no repeat of his earlier books, though it echoes "Almost Like a Whale" . It's about Darwin's other works, after his return from the Beagle and before the Origin of Species. Why did Darwin write about orchid, worms, barnacles and so on? Very good reasons, as it turns out. Jones' explanation is clear and approachable, and as with his other works on Darwin, he brings us up to date with modern related developments. Fascinating stuff.

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Good overview of Darwin's books other than the iconic 'Origin of species'. Actualli, Jones uses the topic of each book to tell pop sci stories. Very amusing and easy read. I miss something more about actual Darwin books.

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