'The first genuine natural history page-turner I've picked up in ages.'

The Australian


'Lovingly researched and engagingly narrated, A Sheltered Life is a wonderful exploration of the history of this gentle giant.'

The Guardian


'For those with a fondness for giant tortoises it is excellent to have someone reclaiming their important role in the history of science.'

Times Literary Supplement


'Chambers deftly draws together anecdotes and expert knowledge [into] a story which, unlike the tortoises, never plods.'

Time Out.


A Sheltered Life is a fascinating look at the history of the giant tortoises, one of the world's strangest and most wondrous animals whose significance in modern science and culture cannot be underestimated.


A Sheltered Life

- Paul Chambers -