Monday, October 26, 2009

Desmond Morris' 6 best books

Desmond Morris is an internationally famous zoologist, ethnologist and artist. He is a prolific author, whose works include The Naked Ape, Manwatching and Amazing Baby. His new book is Planet Ape.

He named his six best books for the Daily Express. One book on the list:
by WH Auden & Christopher Isherwood
Faber, print on demand, £12

As a schoolboy my discovery of Auden’s writings fed my need both for fantasy and the detached observation of human oddities. I loved his description of suburban properties as “Villas… isolated from one another like cases of fever. To each a lean-to shed, containing a well-oiled engine of escape.”
Read about another book on Morris' list.

--Marshal Zeringue