The Attack of the Killer Rhododendrons by Glen Chilton
My Obsessive Quest to Seek Out Alien Species

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I’d be quite happy to read a book where Chilton decides to filter his outsized personality through an interesting topic. Here, invasive species come across as little more than costume jewellery...
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Glen Chilton, the author of the rollicking Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour finalist The Curse of the Labrador Duck, returns with yet another quest, this time to seek out species ill-advisedly introduced into foreign environments.

Chilton visits Ireland to witness how rhododendrons, an ornamental plant that escaped a private garden, now threaten to choke out the last of the great oak forests of the United Kingdom. He escapes blood-thirsty midges and a murderous Hungarian architect while visiting a colony of forgotten Scottish wallabies; finds out how termites, brought in on packing crates after the Second World War, contributed to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; and dodges crocodiles and big guns in the eucalyptus forests of Ethiopia. And, in true Glen Chilton fashion, he never turns down the opportunity to share a few pints with eccentric locals, often finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

About Glen Chilton

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DR. GLEN CHILTON, professor emeritus at St. Mary?s University College, Calgary, and adjunct professor at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, is an internationally recognized ornithologist and behavioural ecologist, and the world?s leading authority on the extinct Labrador Duck. His detective work for The Curse of the Labrador Duck took him around the world the equivalent of 3.3 times. Chilton now resides in Australia.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers. 304 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math.
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Reviewed by David Berry on Jun 08 2012

I’d be quite happy to read a book where Chilton decides to filter his outsized personality through an interesting topic. Here, invasive species come across as little more than costume jewellery...

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