Natural History Author and Expert Reader

My recent titles as contributing author are shown below. They give an idea of my range of commissions I am happy to undertake.

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I am always interested in new commissions. Please contact me initially to discuss options.

THE TREE BOOK: The Stories, Science and History of Trees

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-2414-8755-6

I was honoured and delighted to have the chance to be 'lead author', writing almost quarter of the text for this beautiful, colourful, informative and engaging book, describing the lives of some of the world's most important and fascinating tree species.

Order it from Amazon here.




Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-40531-888-4

This beautifully-illustrated family encyclopedia celebrates our incredible natural world, from the Arctic to the Amazon.

I contributed two chapters, covering Tropical Forests and Mountains.

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New Edition: Dorling Kindersley, 2022

ISBN: 978-0 2415-3782-4

My wife Sue and I both contributed to this superbly illustrated and comprehensive volume, and I was also involved in a major update for the new edition in 2022.

Sue covered shallow seas, and I focussed on the open ocean and ocean floor, as well as contributing chapters on Biodiversity Hot Spots, Whale Migrations and Wind Farming.

Order it from Amazon here.




Publisher: Raintree Publishers, 2008.

A new series of books for grade 3-5 youngsters (reading age 8), on which I was consultant and co-author. Each book features the amazing lifestory of 10 different plants from that continent.

Africa's Most Amazing Plants
Asia's Most Amazing Plants
Australasia's Most Amazing Plants
Europe's Most Amazing Plants
North America's Most Amazing Plants
South America's Most Amazing Plants

They are published by Raintree Perspectives (for more details or to buy visit their website here)



Publisher: Reader's Digest, 1991

ISBN: 0-276-42012-8

I was one of a team of contributors to this attractive and informative book – and I learnt a great deal in the process about everything from Naked Mole Rats to Great Grey Shrikes.

I think it has worn well over the years; it still looks good and I continue to use it as a valuable reference.

[Second hand copies may be available from Amazon Wildlife Year">here.]


Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1998 (out of print )

ISBN: 0-19-910444-1

I was one of 69 authors of this exhaustive encyclopaedia for children, and was credited also as a "general consultant". I primarily covered plant subjects.

It was a really interesting challenge writing an informative and authoritative text with tight space constraints, while ensuring it was accessible for the target age group!



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