On Saturday 5 December, we were delighted to welcome Simon King, extraordinary natural history film-maker, to Hunting Raven Bookshop – where he met customers and signed copies of his new book WILD LIFE.
Simon has recently beeen co-presenting BBC Two’s Autumnwatch series where he filmed and presented live outside broadcasts from wildlife hotspots around the British Isles, including Shetland, Mull, the London Wetlands Centre and the Somerset levels. He has won Bafta awards for his camerawork on Life in the Freezer and Planet Earth, for which he filmed a celebrated slow-motion sequence of a great white shark leaping out of the water to catch a Cape fur seal.
Simon’s career as a cameraman, producer and presenter of natural history films has taken him around the planet many times and led to the revelation of sights and natural events never recorded before. It has also brought him face to face with mortal dangers and comic encounters, both with animals and people. He has been charged by enraged elephants, tossed by mountainous seas in the South Atlantic and attacked by a rabid cheetah, and has had many close shaves during the course of his career.
But whether confronting lions armed only with a shovel and a dodgy stomach or helping to liberate an angry hyena from a deep pit, humour peppers his often hair-raising experiences. He writes with humour, candour and sometimes great sadness of his rich and varied life experiences to date.
What started as a boyhood obsession (boiling badger heads to preserve the skulls – and pinning dead birds’ wings to his bedroom wall) has taken Simon to every continent on earth and made him one of the nation’s most beloved presenters of natural history.
Many customers had pre-ordered copies of WILD LIFE and joined the queue of people eager to meet and chat to Simon. As well as signing copies of his book, Simon also autographed his new 2010 calendar featuring his beautiful wildlife photographs. Books and some copies of the 2010 calendars are still available from Hunting Raven Books.