Meet the Narrators: David Attenborough

Sir David AttenboroughSir David Attenborough is, without doubt, a national treasure, even if he himself does not like the term. The broadcaster and naturalist has had a career spanning more than six decades, and, at 90, is still going strong, with his new BBC series, Planet Earth 2, receiving high acclaim from both critics and audiences.

Born in London in 1926, David Attenborough grew up on the campus of University College Leicester, where his father was principal. He showed an interest in the natural world from a young age, collecting fossils, stones and other specimen. In 1945, he received a scholarship for Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied geology and zoology as part of a degree in natural sciences.

After two years of national service in the Royal Navy, Sir David had a brief career in publishing. A failed application for the role of radio talk producer with the BBC lead to him being offered a three-month training course with the factual broadcasting department of the new television service at the BBC. He joined the broadcaster full-time in 1952, first as a producer, and later as a presenter.

An illustrious career followed, both behind and in front of the camera, with a variety of successful programmes and films, including A Blank on The Map, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Money Programme, Life on Earth, The Private Life of Plants and Wildlife on One.

Sir David has narrated four of his own books in our library - scroll down to listen to audio samples and borrow the books to read in your own time.

Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

David Attenborough's career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned more than six decades, over which he has become a leading natural history programme maker. In this autobiography, he describes the people and animals he has met, and the many extraordinary places he has been.

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Journeys To The Past

Four journeys to find, as well as rare animals, remote tribes who have kept to their ancient rituals and ways of life. The author meets many eccentric characters and finds himself in odd, humorous and, at times, dangerous situations.

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The Trials of Life: a natural history of animal behaviour

This book surveys the whole animal kingdom - mites and mammals, insects, fishes, birds and reptiles throughout the world. Following 'Life on Earth' and 'The Living Planet', which dealt with evolution, this book concentrates on the ways animals use their bodies, how they behave, and why.

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Zoo Quest in Paraguay

Entertaining description of a search for armadillos and discovery of a variety of other fascinating creatures in the wild and intriguing South American country. 

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