Animal magic and the best fiction of the month: Book reviews

Animal magic and the best fiction of the month: Book reviews
 

THE ZOO: The Wild And Wonderful Tale Of The Founding Of London Zoo by Isobel Charman Viking, £16.99 
This book by Isobel Charman delightfully captures the eccentricity of the British Empire and the characters who turned a far-fetched dream into a major tourist attraction. The structure and style of the book, however, is more that of a historical novel or Victorian melodrama rather than a conventional work of history.
Charman concentrates on the contributions of seven men and tells the stories of their troubles in a manner appropriate to the age they lived in, complete with flowery language,... read more

 
25 November 2016 in Entertainment, Views: 71
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