The Owl that Fell from the Sky - Stories of a Museum Curator
Natural history museums contain many thousands of zoological specimens and each has a tale to tell; often involving extraordinary people, daring explorations, unquenchable scientific curiosity, and strange coincidences. This perfectly presented book, with its engaging pictures, is rich in stories and unveils many secrets.
- the fate of a tortoise given as a gift by Captain Cook
- the epic international voyage of the biggest known moa egg
- the admiration induced by an ape from the jungles of Borneo
- the barn owl of mysterious origins
- the unfortunate fate of an angry young elephant
- the quest to discover how a New Zealand heron turned up in a Florence museum
- the strange arrival of an Australian banjo frog
- and many other mind-boggling mysteries.
The author is a fabulous storyteller, and this book will be loved by museum-goers, animal-lovers, and anyone with a curiosity about the natural world.
Print edition: Available at all good booksellers in New Zealand, Australia, US and Canada. Other customers, please order directly below.
Ebook edition: Available from e-tailers worldwide, including (but not limited to):
Print edition price: NZ $35.00
Ebook: US $11.99
Reviews, interviews, author events
Listen to Brian Gill in an interview from 10 July 2012 on Nine to Noon.
Listen to Brian Gill in an interview from 30 August 2012 on Our Changing World.
Listen to Brian Gill discuss his time at the Auckland Museum here:
A lovely review of The Owl that Fell from the Sky is at the Booksellers New Zealand blog
The American Birding Association has a brilliant review of The Owl that Fell from the Sky on their blog
||176 - includes 17 illustrations, includes index
||170 x 145