Wednesday the 4th of December–time again for Shelf Control, the first one this month. Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, simply pick a book from your TBR pile and write a post about it. Link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks!
Like last week, this week too I have picked a non-fiction read to feature in this post, but something quite different from last week (which was Modern India, a travelogue of sorts written in 1903-find that post here), My Husband & Other Animals by Janaki Lenin. Published in 2012, this is a collection of stories by the author describing what’s its like being married to Rom Whitaker, herpetologist, wildlife conservationist, and founder of the Madras Snake Park and Madras Crocodile Bank. From battling tree frogs colonising their house, to travelling to the wild in pursuit of snakes and enormous crocodiles, to playing with porcupines, and various other trysts with nature, they’ve certainly had an interesting and entertaining life.
The Author: Janaki Lenin is a former film editor who is now a freelance journalist. She started writing in 2004, beginning with articles in wildlife magazines, and in 2010 starting a series of columns in the newspaper, The Hindu titled My Husband and Other Animals. It is a collection of these columns that forms this book. A sequel, My Husband and Other Animals 2 appeared in 2018. The author has also been working on issues relating to the management of human-wildlife conflict situations, contributing to various action plans and guidelines. (More about her on her page here).
I enjoy reading nature books in general (total tangent but Enid Blyton also wrote some wonderful ones) and this one being nature stories from closer home made me want to pick this up. Also, the title of the book and the fact that it has a foreword by Lee Durrell is making me think this collection is going to be something on the lines of Gerald Durrell’s writings which I really enjoy–both My Family and Other Animals which I loved and some of his other writings as well. I haven’t read anything by the author before but the collection has been described as ‘entertaining, playful, and downright amusing’. So I am certainly looking forward to reading this. The only thing that worries me is that while I love animals, snakes do give me the chills! I picked the book up, by the way, on kindle when it was on sale a while ago.
Do you enjoy reading nature books? Which ones are some of your favourites? have you read this one? How did you find it? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!