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Curator and Crusader The life and Work of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer

Curious Notions, a collection of essays by popular science writer Mike Bruton reflects his multiple involvements in science, art and technology.



Curator and Crusader

A mystery egg (is it a dodo’s?), a wandering hippo, an enigmatic human skull, a secret visit by a famous aviator, a mysterious monster, the most famous fish in the world (the coelacanth), ancient human footprints, the German settler centenary, a museum ghost, and rugged expeditions into remote parts of southern Africa to collect specimens for her beloved East London Museum. These were just some of the ingredients in the colourful life of pioneering museum curator and environmental crusader, Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer.

Marjorie and her five sisters, together with their enterprising mother, Willie, and peripatetic father, Eric, lived in a variety of remote Eastern Cape locations in the 1910s and 20s. They had many adventures, and narrowly escaped death on several occasions, while exploring the natural and cultural history of their environs. They also suffered considerable hardships and sometimes had to live off the veld to survive.

Title:  Curator and Crusader, the Life and Work of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer
Book size: 228mm x 152mm
IBSN: 978 0 6399326 9 9
Pages: 330 page3s black and white

Curious Notions

He is equally at home sharing his knowledge on creativity in the sciences and the arts, funny episodes in the history of science, lessons from the dodo, the updated coelacanth story, evolution of the bicycle, Africa’s Nobel Prize winners, or our greatest inventors and strangest creatures.’

Science is so deep, fast-moving and complex today that it is important to have someone who can wade through the detail and showcase the most interesting bits for general readers. Although the book deals with some deep scientific issues, using examples drawn from the author’s remarkable experiences, it is accessible to all readers as he retains a childlike curiosity throughout and is not ashamed to express his excitement at new discoveries and bizarre inventions.

Title:  Curious Notions, Reflections of an Imagineer
Book size: 228mm x 152mm
IBSN: 978 1 77632 949 6
Pages: 330 pages black and white