Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life and intellectual development? And who inspired him to become the scientist and thinker now famous around the world?
From innocent child to charismatic and controversial scientist, Richard Dawkins paints a colourful, richly textured canvas of his early life. Honest self-reflection and witty anecdotes are interspersed with touching reminiscences of family and friends, literature, poetry and songs. We are finally able to understand the private influences that shaped the public man.