If you missed the occasion of Rob's 23 June 2017 Avid Reader launch of A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia (CSIRO Publishing), and have been suffering pangs of remorse ever since, don't fret, salvation is at hand. The surprise best seller has been listed as highly recommended in this year's Summer Reading Guide, a Christmas list of the best books, CDs and DVDs of the season. The guide will be inserted in major newspapers in late November 2017. Avid Reader is celebrating with an event on 17 November (this Friday) at 6 pm for 6:30 pm (Details here.)
Boom! Like a cuddly toy in spider clothing, this scary spiderbook has broken through the pocket-protector world of citizen science aficionados and made it onto the coffee tables of the kitsch and fatuous, a group to which we are proud to belong. No longer restricted to the conscientious cogniscenti of ethanol-scented back rooms in our scientific institutions, A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia has emerged to star among other worthy volumes that not only look good, they read good too!
As the Spider Club of Southern Africa review related in Spider Club News October 2017 Vol 33/3: "What surprised me was the conversational style of the species accounts - in a way it read like a novel, and for the first time in my life I read a field guide as one. I read it from start to finish in two lengthy sittings. I think I could not put it down, because of the fascination of many species. You cannot help being struck by the sheer numbers of species in some of the families, and their obvious beauty. Not fair!"
Rob will be entertaining the avid crowd (no pun indented) with stories of his recent book tour of the Southern Forests of Western Australia which he will be collecting in a slim volume entitled "How to be the only show in Manjimup, pop. 634" and signing copies of his Ripping Spider Yarns for eager buyers. Don't miss out again.*
* That means you, Phil and Mary, you know who you are.
Looking forward to seeing you at Avid Reader's event on 17 November (this Friday) at 6 pm for 6:30 pm (Details here.)