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The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Animal Behaviour

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  202 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Each chapter, like each TV programme of the same title, looks at a separate stage in the life of animals.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 4th 1990 by Collins (first published 1990)
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Greg
A short review, a longish aside with some personal ramblings and pictures of animals!

I really really liked this book. I thought about giving it five stars, but because I'm class-ocentric and I enjoyed Life of Mammals better, I felt my star ratings should show this distinction. Currently, or as current as when I was reading this, I am reading two animal books. One was great and one so far sucks. This is the great one.

Note: If David Attenborough would make a beautiful book / five part BBC documen
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Amy
Really interesting. This is the companion book to the documentary series that came out when I was a teen. I love David Attenborough!
Sam
An exciting and indepth look it how life on earth begins, survives and passes on its knowledge to the next generation, this book looks at the different adaptations, skills and methods used by species and species groups to survive and pass on its genes. Attenborough takes the reader through life chapter by chapter revealing the different styles and methods used for each with descriptive and readable language without losing any of the drama or knowledge that comes with it. This book covers everyth ...more
Maryanne
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A Natural History of Animal Behavior David Attenborough
Dark-Draco
This book is excellent. It charts the trials that animals have to face during their life, from growing up, to finding food and a mate, from defence to making a home. It is fascinating stuff, especially the amazing colour plates that are included throughout the text. And although some of the stuff Attenborough is describing is pretty complicated, it comes across in a good, easy way, so the reading of this book is a pleasure rather than a chore. Well worth the read.
Noah Jensen
this book is realy interesting, i love the anumal kingdom so this book is perfect 4 me. 2 interesting facts i learned 2day kangaros have a musle in their pouch that closes in watter so the baby is in no danger of drouning, and that a baby goat is a kid.
Nilu R.
If you love animals and natural history, this is a great light read. It is written well, and organized like a nature show. I have re-read this book several times, enjoying it each time.
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Sir David Frederick Attenborough is a naturalist and broadcaster, who is most well-known for writing and presenting the nine "Life" series, produced in conjunction with BBC's Natural History Unit. The series includes Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), Life in the Freezer (about Antarctica; 1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), T ...more
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