Book Reviews: The Origin and Life of Darwin

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Byline: Lesley Walsh

Charles Darwin by Cyril Aydon. Published by Constable. pounds 14.99 (hardback)

THE life of a man currently in the running for a television polls most important British person in history has been probed in a new publication which concentrates not only on his world-altering theory but also on the man behind the idea.

Cyril Aydon, an obvious and lifetime enthusiast of Charles Darwin dubbed the father of evolutionary theory has compiled a thoroughly readable and riveting account of Darwins life, from his birth in Shrewsbury in 1809 to his death at Down House in 1895.

Darwins famous journey on board The Beagle, which left England on December 27, 1831, taking over nearly five years, is told in vivid detail and it also traces the development of his evolutionary thinking from his return to England in 1836 to the publication of his seminal work, The Origin of Species, in 1859.

Everyone knows the basics of the Darwinian aarevolution, as his theory, in essence, truly was, and of the significance of his findings extracted from his work on the Galapagos Islands. …