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Author: Richard Dawkins Narrator: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9780062283566
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In his first memoir, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. He paints a vivid picture of his idyllic childhood in colonial Africa, and later at boarding school, where he began his career as a skeptic.

Arriving at Oxford in 1959, Dawkins began to study zoology and was introduced to some of the university’s legendary mentors as well as its tutorial system. It’s to this unique educational system that Dawkins credits his awakening. In 1973, provoked by the dominance of group selection theory and inspired by the work of William Hamilton, Robert Trivers, and John Maynard Smith, he began to write a book he called, jokingly, “my bestseller.” It was, of course, The Selfish Gene.

This is an intimate memoir of the childhood and intellectual development of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist and how he came to write what is widely held to be one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the greatest nonfiction writers alive today.”

    Steven Pinker

  • “Dawkins is above all a masterly expositor, a writer who understands the issues so clearly that he forces his readers to understand them too.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Brilliant, articulate, impassioned, and impolite.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “One of the most outstanding intelligences in modern science. Richard Dawkins climbs mental Everests.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “A superb writer. Dawkins unashamedly and gloriously delights in science.”

    New Republic

  • “As evidenced by his 610,000-plus Twitter followers and 541,400-plus Facebook fans, Dawkins really can talk science to the rest of us.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

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About the Author

Richard Dawkins, an acclaimed biologist, is a fellow of the Royal Society and was the inaugural holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Selfish Gene, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth.

About the Narrator

Lalla Ward is an actress and audiobook narrator who is best known for her role as Romana in Doctor Who, a popular BBC television series. She has also appeared in several other television shows, including The Protectors, Quiller, The Professionals, and Hazel. She is the former wife of actor and costar Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who.