Richard Fortey as a boy taught himself biology by studying the natural world around him and worked in Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum. He discusses his inspiring memoir with Peter Marren, co-author of one of the best nature books of 2020, The Consolation of Nature: Spring in the Time of Coronavirus.
Richard Fortey FRS, FRSL is the recipient of the Frink Medal, Michael Faraday Prize and Lewis Thomas Prize for Science Writing and the silver medal of the Zoological Society for science communication. His many books include The Hidden Landscapes (Natural World Book of the Year 1994), Trilobite! (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize) and Life (a New York Times Book of the Year). He has appeared in David Attenborough’s television programmes and presented many programmes including the BBC Four series Survivors, The Magic of Mushrooms and Nature’s Wonderlands.
Peter Marren, who has been a devoted flower finder all his life, had a column in Countryman; was the thirty-year old cult ‘Twitcher in the Swamp’ column in British Wildlife; has written for most national newspapers, and led wild-life tours in Europe. His over twenty books include Bugs Britannica, The New Naturalists (History of Natural History’s Thackray Medal), Britain’s Rare Flowers, Nature Conservation, Rainbow Dust and Chasing the Ghost.
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