If you like museums, fascinating stories and animals, this natural history book is for you. Written by a former Auckland Museum curator who loves to spin a yarn, it tells strange-but-true tales that spring from 15 museum objects held in collections around New Zealand and the world.
Some of the stories are weird, others are funny, some are sad, and a couple are not for the squeamish. All of them demonstrate how every museum artefact has a remarkable story to tell. As well as the mysterious barn owl featured in the title of this book, you’ll find out about:
•The intrepid journey of a huge moa egg
•A tortoise linked to Captain Cook
•An inspirational ape from Borneo
•The enormous task of stuffing an elephant
•Why a New Zealand heron is living in Italy
•The unusual arrival of a banjo frog from Australia
The acclaimed author of other books on natural history and the fauna of New Zealand, Dr Brian Gill wrote The Owl That Fell From the Sky to take you into the strange and wonderful world of museum curators. Dip into it one story at a time, to make the pleasure last.
A natural history book with a special difference, this book deserves to be in your collection. Or order a copy for a friend.
•Pages: 176 - includes 17 illustrations, includes index
•Size: 170 x 145mm
•Published: June 2012, Awa Press
About the Author
- Dr Brian Gill was Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Land Vertebrates Curator for over 30 years and still carries out research at Auckland Museum. He's a veritable treasure trove of astounding facts, unusual occurrences and seldom-heard stories.