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The Way of the Panda

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Travel & Nature

The Way of the Panda

The Curious History of China's Political Animal

Henry Nicholls

The extraordinary impact of the panda - from obscurity to fame - a story of China's transition from shy beginnings to centre stage

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9781847652911 (30 Sep 2010)

About the book

In a most original book, science writer Henry Nicholls uses the rich and curious story of the panda from its 'discovery' 150 years ago in the highlands of China to its present international status as endearing icon of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF - fifty years old in 2011) and shy darling of the world's zoos to do several things - to chart the emergence of modern China onto the global stage; to examine our changing attitude to the natural world; and to offer a compelling history of the conservation movement.

About the author

Henry Nicholls is a freelance science journalist writing regularly for Nature, New Scientist and BBC Focus as well as the broadsheets. His first book Lonesome George told the story of the last giant tortoise of Pinta in the Galapagos and was shortlisted for the 2007 Royal Society General Book Prize.


A fascinating story of an extraordinary animal

- Desmond Morris

Henry Nicholls expertly charts the panda's decades of fame and binds together many intriguing facets of 150 years of Sino-Western interaction

- Daily Mail

Thoroughly readable ... sheds valuable light on a mysterious and often misunderstood creature

- BBC Wildlife

Insightful and meticulously researched ... provides fascinating insights into the panda's rise to its current popularity ... [Nicholls] has the skill, rare among scientists, of explaining science in a clear and appealing manner. His writing is easygoing yet informative, and will be accessible to any reader with an interest in nature

- Fintan Enright, Irish Examiner

An engaging popular science narrative ... absorbing and illuminating

- Morning Star

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Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Travel & Nature

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