Posted by bradttravel on 7 January 2013
Madagascar – The Eighth Continent by Peter Tyson is the latest addition to Bradt’s growing library of travel narratives. This natural and cultural history of Madagascar is an exploration of what makes the island so extraordinary.
Madagascar is a land where lizards scream and monkey-like lemurs sing songs of inexpressible beauty. Known as the Great Red Island, it is a place where fosse and tenures, van gas and aye ayes thrive in a true ‘Lost World’ alongside bizarre plants like the octopus tree and the three-cornered palm. And where the ancestors of the Malagasy come alive in rollicking ceremonies known as “turning the bones.”
This is the only book that combines cutting-edge science and conservation with adventure travel and historical narrative.
Peter Tyson is a science and travel writer with over 25 years’ experience writing about science, natural history, and conservation.
Extracts from the book..
From the Preface
This book is based on four trips I took to Madagascar between 1993 and 1997. These journeys took me right around the country, from the rainforest of Nosy Be in the northwest, to the mountainous peninsula at Fort Dauphin in the southeast; from the heart of vanilla country on the northeast coast, to the scorching spiny desert of the southwest. Along the way I joined four scientists—a herpetologist, a paleoecologist, an archeologist, and a primatologist—as they sought to solve some of the foremost mysteries on an island rife with them.
From Chapter 1: Deep into a Lost World: The Perfumed Isle
One of Madagascar’s most bizarre and wonderful experiments in evolution has landed at my feet…Before I can even open my mouth, one of the Earthwatch volunteers, a Briton named Garfield Dean, reaches over and carefully pries the gecko from Raxworthy’s arm. As if affronted, the animal cranes its alien-looking head towards him, opens its mouth, sticks out a crimson, grub-like tongue, and screeches in his face. Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh! Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!
The sound sends chills down my spine, but Raxworthy reacts without missing a beat. He starts screaming back at the lizard, trying to imitate its cat-loses-battle-with-a-screen-door screech. The volunteers look at Raxworthy with a mixture of amusement and apprehension.
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Title: Madagascar – The Eighth Continent: Life, Death & Discovery in a Lost World Author: Peter Tyson
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides Publication: 10 January 2013
Price: £11.99 ISBN: 9781841624419
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Posted by Nick Redmayne on 21 December 2010
Despite top billing in 80s romantic comedy Gregory’s Girl, Venezuela never capitalised upon the film’s free publicity, and British lay-bys remained unpopulated by hormonal spotty youths clutching cardboard signs hopefully inscribed ‘Caracas’. These days charismatic, controversial and outspoken leader Hugo Chávez is his own publicity machine – president since 1999 Chávez now rivals revolutionary independence hero Simón Bolívar as Venezuela’s most recognisable son.
However, an alleged shortage of young men and a confirmed surfeit of bombast are not Venezuela’s only unique selling points. South America’s longest Caribbean coastline, its highest waterfall, a ‘mega-diverse’ flora and fauna, and the mysterious table-top tepui mountains of the Grand Sabana are all headline acts in a country that still sees only limited leisure traffic from the UK. In his introduction, author of Bradt’s Venezuela, Russell Maddicks, describes the profound impact he experienced upon his first visit. ‘I’d only planned a two week holiday but each new place was completely different from the one before. I couldn’t get enough of food like arepas, and impossibly tasty tropical fruit. And the people were so open. Everybody wanted to be my pana, my friend, and beautiful women wanted to show me how to dance… So I chucked in my job in London and stayed. That’s my story: I went to Venezuela for two weeks and stayed 11 years.’
In this comprehensively overhauled and updated fifth edition, Russell explores Venezuela’s human diversity, from the steamy salsa bars of Caracas to piranha fishing with the indigenous tribes of the Orinoco Delta. Jungle trekking, windsurfing and birdwatching are all covered, from the ‘Lost World’ of the Gran Sabana’s Mt Roraima, and the pristine beaches of the Los Roques archipelago’s 350 islands to the bird-rich tropical grasslands of Los Llanos. The guide provides a foundation from which travellers can explore and make their own discoveries – the author accepts no responsibility for those whose lives are irreversibly changed… Russell dedicates this new edition to Bradt’s late Venezuela author, Hilary Dunsterville Branch.
Russell Maddicks is a journalist who lived and worked in Venezuela for more than 11 years, spending part of that time as a jungle guide leading boat trips from Canaima to the base of Angel Falls.
Author: Russell Maddicks
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
Publication: December 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84162 299 6
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