Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps

In 1996 writer-adventurer Mark Newman traveled to the Galapagos Islands. He stayed in the famed archipelago for longer than Charles Darwin had and visited more than twice as many of the islands. Here is his fascinating account of that journey. Globetrotters, wildlife enthusiasts, armchair explorers and Darwin history buffs will all find this book irresistible. More

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About Mark Newman

I'm a writer and photographer of natural history subjects, with my most recent book, POLAR BEARS, just released this past November by Henry Holt, having received recognition from the National Council of Teachers of English and the School Library Journal. My next book is currently under production with Holt and will be released in 2012.

My work has appeared in both national and international publications for three decades. My photographs have been featured on the covers of such magazines as AUDUBON and NATIONAL WILDLIFE, and have been selected for SIERRA CLUB poster art prints and cards. Other photo credits include NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and READER'S DIGEST books, NEWSWEEK, OXFORD SCIENTIFIC FILMS, LIFE and NATURAL HISTORY magazines, the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, the U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE, and in celandars too numerous to count.

My current work is a young adult novel entitled GOLDEN. It is set in modern times, about the life of a wild horse in western Wyoming (where I used to live) beginning with his birth on the Red Desert north of Rock Springs. Aside from it being marketed as a YA novel, I believe the book could easily be adapted to the screen. There is plenty of action as the horse grows up amongst his wild herd, is captured, abused, escapes and has various encounters with cowboys, a young girl, her veterinarian father, park rangers in Yellowstone, grizzlies, bison, moose, wolves and waterfalls. There is as well a life and death run through a raging forest fire and a rescue of the horse by helicopter using a sling and involving a flight over Yellowstone Park. The locations and all of the geography, biology and natural history are accurate. Only the story is fiction.

My published print books include BEARS OF THE WORLD (Facts on File,NYC); KANGAROOS:THE MARVELOUS MOB (Facts on File,NYC), and ANIMALS OF THE ALASKA ZOO. I also spent nine weeks on location working on a project entitled THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SIBERIA. I currently reside in Anchorage, Alaska, and spend half the year traveling on various photo and writing projects around the world. I have spent time on all seven continents.

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