Richard Fortey retired from his position as senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in 2006.
In his memoir, Richard tells the story of how as a young boy he became fascinated with the natural world, leading to a long life exploring its secrets. A great brown trout caught by his father opens up the world of fish, streams and rivers. A blue thrush’s egg takes us out tramping through water meadows and into the social world of birds and trees. Richard takes us back to his past as a small boy who was allowed a little shed at the bottom of the garden in which to play chemist.