Nicholas Drayson





Nicholas Drayson

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Nicholas Drayson has written extensively about wildlife and natural history and is the author of Confessing a Murder, which was hailed by Booklist for its "view of darwin never before seen." An Englishman by birth, Drayson lived in Nairobi for two years. He now (2008) lives in Australia, where he received a Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales.


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A Guide to the Birds of Eas...
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,638 ratings — published 2008 — 26 editions
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Confessing a Murder
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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A Guide to the Beasts of Ea...
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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Love And The Platypus
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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“It's happened to me, and it's probably happened to you. From the first exchange of good mornings they had recognized in each other a kindred soul. Though neither spoke much to start with, they felt an immediate ease in each other's company that was both surprising and yet the most natural thing in the world.”
Nicholas Drayson, A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

“There is something about African time that even the Swiss find a challenge.”
Nicholas Drayson, A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

“Is it an endearing quirk among European explorers to imagine that every geographical feature they clap eyes on for the first time is in need of a new name, or is if just a plain silly one? As far as I understand, humans have been knocking around this part of Africa for - give or take a birthday candle- three million years. The existence of a large wet patch smack in the middle of them had not gone unnoticed. How large? Bigger than Lake Michigan, bigger than Tasmania, bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island all rolled into one. It is so big that people on one side gave it one name, people on the other side gave it another, and people in between gave it several more. But that didn't matter to Dr Livingstone. Along he came and he didn't ask the locals what they called this large lake at the top end of the Nile. He gave it yet another name, in honour of the elder of a tribe of white people on a small island five thousand miles away.”
Nicholas Drayson, A Guide to the Birds of East Africa



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