For over fifty years, Sir David Attenborough has dedicated his life to educating the public about the world of nature, and has warned us of the devastating effects global warming will have on our planet. His documentaries have entertained generations of viewers and few can claim to match his extraordinary career. Those of you who enjoy exploring the natural world with Attenborough will be pleased to learn that he is set to release a new book later this year called ‘A Life On Our Planet: My Witness Statement and Vision for the Future‘.
Set to be published by Ebury on 15 October, the book will be released in hardback, e-book and audiobook editions, and will launch alongside a new Netflix series of the same name. The book will follow Attenborough as he looks back on his career, as well as the decline he’s seen in the natural world since he first began exploring it. The synopsis reads: “An intimate, urgent and impassioned book born out of a lifetime’s experience and knowledge, it will also present his view on the future that lies ahead if we continue as we are, and a plan for how to avoid that future.”
As The Bookseller reports, Attenborough said: “This book records some of the dreadful damage mankind has already wrought upon the natural world and the real and imminent danger that things could get much, much worse if we do not act now. But it is also a hopeful book: it offers a different future. It describes some of the ways in which we can begin to turn things around if only we all have the will to do so. Surely together we must now find that determination, and begin to make that change, for the sake of all the inhabitants of our planet.”
The book will serve as a launch title for a new imprint at Ebury that will focus on natural history, ecology and the environment. Led by Drummond Moir, DePetrillo and Ebury deputy publisher, the imprint “will be a platform for a new generation of conservationists, literary writers, explorers, scientists, and campaigners who help us see the world, and make it better”.
DePetrillo stated: “A Life on Our Planet is a book I’ve wanted to publish my entire professional life. It’s David’s masterpiece—a book with huge heart and urgency, and a message the world needs now more than ever. I’m honoured to be working with him, and Ebury will be putting everything behind A Life on Our Planet to make his witness statement an international publishing event.”