Darwin's Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution

By Christiane Dorion

Illustrated by Harry Tennant

Follow Victorian naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace on his intrepid journeys across the globe and find out how he developed his own theory of evolution in this beautiful illustrated gift hardback.

In 1858, Alfred Russel Wallace’s travels in the Amazon Basin and Malay Archipelago led him to discover natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. Darwin's Rival traces Wallace’s life from his childhood in the Welsh countryside to his rise to prominence among the scientific community, via dense tropical jungles and perilous journeys – and shines a light on one of the most important contributors to the theory of evolution. With evocative illustrations by Harry Tennant, this stunning gift book will appeal to children and adults alike, and is the perfect introduction to the man so often eclipsed by his contemporary and friend Charles Darwin.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406378443
  • Published: 06 Feb 2020
  • Price: £15.00
  • Size: 270 x 320 mm
  • Pages: 64

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'This beautiful book, with elegant prints by Harry Tennant of ships and landscapes, equipment and creatures, is the story of the naturalist and explorer whose work inspired Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.' The Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Ireland

'Wallace's fascinating story is illustrated throughout with evocative, earthy-coloured illustrations of maps, places and many of the insects, birds and creatures encountered and collected.' The School Librarian

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