Mark Carwardine

The combination of Mark Carwardine and BBC Books is an exciting prospect especially when the subject matter is sharks and this latest book certainly doesn't disappoint.

As I'm sure you know, there have been more books about sharks than any other marine creature because they appeal to our basic fear - the fact that this fear has been generated in the main by the media is by the by.

This 168 page 11" x 11" book is attractively laid out and very thorough in its coverage of the subject matter. The photographs are excellent but it annoys me that the credits are all on the back page so if you want to know who took a particular photo you've got to go to the back page and search for the page number as they are not listed numerically. This may not irk most readers but I think it does underwater photographers.

That aside, 'Shark' is a most comprehensive and engaging look at this fascinating species which is both understood and misunderstood in so many ways. 'Shark' gives both sides of the argument logically and informatively and you get a deep sense personal involvement from the author. This is not just a book it is a crusade by a professional enthusiast whose writing is intelligent without being highbrow and informative without being dumbed down.

Peter Rowlands [email protected] com

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