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David Attenborough’s origin story

November 11

Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster is an excellent book in which the world-famous British naturalist David Attenborough describes his career from the very beginning when he worked in publishing and then joined the BBC as a producer. At that time, in the early 1950s, natural science programs were just being made – and as Attenborough mentions, more than once it was by trial and error. The technique was simple and the processes were still being fine-tuned.

This book is certainly one of those engaging memoirs that take you behind the scenes of broadcasting and, more importantly, the decades-long career of a truly exceptional professional, his first expeditions into the world, and his general approach to his work. Attenborough, by the way, was initially discouraged from appearing on camera because his teeth were said to be too big.

Life on Air as an audiobook was narrated by Attenborough himself. Highly engaging and recommended!

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