The Jewel Hunter

Princeton University Press
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A tale of one man's obsession with rainforest jewels, this is the story of an impossible dream: a quest to see every one of the world's most elusive avian gems--a group of birds known as pittas--in a single year.

Insightful, compelling, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is more than a book about birds. It's a true story detailing the lengths to which a man will go to escape his midlife crisis. A travelogue with a difference, it follows a journey from the suburban straitjacket of High Wycombe to the steamy, leech-infested rainforests of remotest Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Dangerous situations, personal traumas, and logistical nightmares threaten The Jewel Hunter's progress. Will venomous snakes or razor-clawed bears intervene? Or will running out of fuel mid-Pacific ultimately sink the mission? The race is on. . . .

If you've ever yearned to escape your day job, wondered what makes men tick, or simply puzzled over how to make a truly world-class cup of tea, this is a book for you.

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About the author

Chris Gooddie set fire to a carefully constructed career ladder and warmed his hands over the flames. Then he went traveling all over Asia and beyond in pursuit of the world's most beautiful birds, the pittas.
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Publisher
Princeton University Press
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Published on
Feb 15, 2013
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Pages
344
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ISBN
9781400847235
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Nature / Animals / Birds
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ornithology
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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