'The first genuine natural history page-turner I've picked up in ages.'
'Lovingly researched and engagingly narrated, A Sheltered Life is a wonderful exploration
of the history of this gentle giant.'
'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.'
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.