Jewel Hunter
A Journey Through the Rainforest

By Chris Gooddie
January 2011
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN 9781903657164
364 Pages, Illustrated
$47.50 Paper Original

A tale of one man's obsession with rainforest jewels, this is the story of an impossible dream: a quest to see every one of the world's more elusive avain gems - a group of birds known as 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 straightjacket of High Wycombe to the steamy, leech-infested rainforests of remotest Asia, Africa and Australia.

Danerous 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 race is on...

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