Great new books: The Jewel Hunter by Chris Gooddie and a new guide to the reptiles of South-East Asia

The Jewel Hunter by Chris Gooddie
A tale of one man’s obsession with rainforest jewels, this is the story of a quest to see every one of the world’s most elusive avian gems – the pittas – in a single year. Insightful, compelling and laugh-out-loud funny, this is more than a book about birds. It’s a true story detailing the lengths to which a man will go to escape his mid-life crisis. A travelogue with a difference, it follows a journey from the suburban straitjacket of High Wycombe to the steamy, leech-infested rainforests of remotest Asia, Africa and Australia. It includes a whole chapter on the author’s quest for Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped pittas at Cat Tien National Park in southern Vietnam. Dangerous situations, personal traumas and logistical nightmares threaten The Jewel Hunter’s progress. Will venomous snakes or razor-clawed bears intervene? Or will running out of fuel mid-Pacific ultimately sink the mission? The Jewel Hunter is a great read and is highly recommended. One of the many glowing reviews of Chris’ book can be read at
A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, Java & Bali by Indraneil Das
A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia by Indraneil Das is the first comprehensive guide to the reptiles of this region covering all the reptiles recorded from mainland South-East Asia including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. A detailed account with key identification characteristics, habitat and behaviour is included for each species, from crocodiles, tortoises and turtles, to lizards and snakes. Every recognised species is described, and 74 magnificent specially commissioned colour plates by top wildlife artists depict 700 major species in meticulous detail. Where useful, details such as plastrons (for turtles and tortoises), juveniles, variants and head patterns are also shown on the plates.