David Barrie, who himself has sailed the oceans using a sextant, is passionate about navigation and describes in delightful detail the myriad ways in which animals get around ... eye-opening book.
Barrie has a good eye for colourful detail... Rather than merely telling entertaining stories about cute creatures, he wants us to take responsibility for our own role in throwing the animal world off course.
In this often immensely entertaining book David Barrie explores the latest scientific research... What is engrossing about Barrie's book is not just the remarkable behaviour of the individual animals... but the often painstaking detective work undertaken by the scientists seeking to discover how they operate... [Barrie] is an admirably reliable and assiduous guide to what we do and don't yet know.
A wonderful combination of science and travel writing that deserves to win awards - David Barrie's book on animal migration is popular science writing at its very best.
Incredible Journeys is a wonderfully refreshing read. The book flawlessly intertwines personal stories from Barrie's past with easily digestible accounts of the academic progress in the field of animal navigation, as well as remarkable tales of human navigation... Barrie writes for a general audience, breaking down the complex field of research that is animal navigation and exploring it in a way that engages the reader no matter how limited their background... After reading this book you won't be able to look at a bee without respecting their navigational talents.
This book is packed with extraordinary tales of the navigational abilities of the animal world, and the importance of understanding them ... crammed with fascinating and often baffling feats of animal navigation.
Barrie (Sextant), a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, masterfully conveys new discoveries about animal navigation in this impressive popular science work... Each chapter contains a surprise even for those familiar with the topic, such as the theory that homing pigeons make use of smell to navigate. Barrie cleverly stokes readers' curiosity about the subject with short sections at the end of each chapter describing even more remarkable, still unexplained feats...This is a must-read for anyone fascinated with the wonders of nature.
Barrie's passion makes him an engaging guide, flitting from fact to anecdote like a butterfly hunting for nectar.
David Barrie event at Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival
21st Sep 2019 2:00 pm
David Barrie will appear in the Public Hall at Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival to talk about his new book, Incredible Journeys