The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough

The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough: A celebration of our favourite naturalist

Nature Writing
Hardback Published on: 26/10/2023
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The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough
A wonderful gift for nature fans
The Wit & Wisdom of David Attenborough is a wonderful, well-laid out book that you can pick up and put down and would make the ideal gift for all nature lo... READ MORE
Emma at Waterstones Blackburn
The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough
A true celebration of David Attenborough
This book is a wonderful gift. David Attenborough is a real national treasure, he has done so much for our planet and it is very heartwarming to see people... READ MORE
Patrycja Kostecka


A fascinating and entertaining collection of facts, quotes and stories, celebrating Sir David Attenborough's wicked sense of humour and astute wisdom.

David Attenborough is a national treasure, known for his soothing voice, calming presence, passion for the natural world, and his humble, easy-going nature. Despite his incredible talent and influence, he tends to play it all down, one time stating that, 'I can't believe I'm still employed'.

So if he won't celebrate himself, we'll have to do it for him.

Filled with facts, tributes and anecdotes, as well as beautiful illustrations, this enormously positive book celebrates Sir David, providing a fascinating insight into his life as well as showcasing his brilliant sense of humour. Running chronologically, this book begins with his early days, to his first job at the BBC, to eventually becoming the most esteemed naturalist on the planet, as he is today.

Such revelations include:
- There are 18 plants and animals named after him
- When asked by a reporter how many degrees he had, he said it would be 'rude to count'*
- The single thing that would improve his quality of life is 'good, workable knees'.

Blending his quips galore with his powerful messages on the environment and future of the planet, this timely book showcases everything we love about Sir David, making it the perfect gift for any fan.

* He has over thirty!

  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781856755269
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 109 x 178 x 20 mm

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The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough
A great gift with interesting, bitesize nuggets of information
Blog Tour Review The writing was engaging and nicely set out as little nuggets of information broken up with illustrations and short Did You Know facts.... READ MORE
Emily Pankhurst