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Wild Encounters Book Reviews

Chris Packham

"Dive in and swim in a swirling diary of some of the worlds most beautiful waters and then stroll on the shores of some fascinating and informative stories..... Fresh, accessible and fascinating, I swam through these sub aqua stories and gazed into parts of the world and its wildlife with absolute joy.... Wonderfully evocative, full of gems of natural history and rich in the joys of exploration this colourful and engaging book was a delight to swim through" Chris Packham 6 Jan 2017.


"I have been fortunate enough to come into contact with a true Superlifer, Nicolette Scourse,  who has just written the most fascinating book "... read the article on

'WILD ENCOUNTERS - TRY NOT TO SMILE’ was nominated by enthusiastic readers in the quest for ‘UK’S FAVOURITE BOOK ABOUT NATURE’ part of Land Lines research project (Arts and Humanities Research Council). Naturalist Chris Packham, musician and BBC 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews and Children’s author Julia Donaldson helped get the campaign started, and it was launched in October 2017 in Autumnwatch and BBC Wildlife Magazine. 770 nominations were received, featuring 213 authors covering 278 different titles, spanning a timescale from Gilbert White’s 1789 Natural History of Selborne to the present day and many different book forms - memoir, explorations of local place, fiction, writing for children and poetry.

From Amazon:


 5 out of 5 stars A joy to read by M Atkinson 9 January 2018

A delightful read. One of the best nature books to come out for years covering aspects of marine life not widely covered hitherto. Highly intelligent yet easy to read, Nicolette Scourse opens up insights not previously encountered. A voyage of discovery.

5 out of 5 stars A beautiful book. By Peter 15 Feb 2017

Terrific, and beautifully written, Nicolette's book brings back in full technicolor experiences many of which I have had myself and am delighted to see through her eyes5.0

5 out of 5 stars Fantastic book. 15 Jan. 2017 By richard daines

This review is for: Wild Encounters Try Not To Smile (Paperback)
Fantastic book . This book is a cross between a wildlife book and a wonderful journey under the water and land, it has moments of great story telling that sometimes you feel like you are standing or crouching with the author. It really is a life time experience
of understanding the world we live in. The birds ,mammals ,fish and some amazing people the author has found on her travels. Richard

5 out of 5 stars Don't miss this intriguing trip beneath the waves By Mrs J. on 23 Dec. 2016

Format: Paperback
I am passionate about people achieving success at any age but particularly as they grow older. Nicolette is a shining example of just such a person. Her enthusiasm for wildlife and her ability to create stunning word pictures of the natural worlds in which she finds herself make this a book to treasure. Her line drawings add visual depth to the tapestry of her life below and above the waves as she interacts with the wild creatures she encounters. A thread of gentle humour runs through the fabric of Nicolette's island adventures pulling together an unforgettable glimpse into the lives of the creatures with whom we share the planet.

5 out of 5 stars The author is also a brilliant artist on 4 Dec. 2016

Wild Encounters Try Not To Smile - This book positively effervesces with spectacular descriptions of animals in the wild, powered by the passion of a writer who is not only committed to conservation but also has the eye for detail of a research scientist. It is the literary equivalent of a David Attenborough video. So vivid are the descriptions that the reader has no need for a video screen. The author is also a brilliant artist but, alas, the black-and-white print copies do not do justice to the original artwork.

5 out of 5 stars A wonderfully written book for anyone with a sense of adventure or love of nature. By AJ on 20 Oct. 2016

A wonderfully written book for anyone with a sense of adventure or love of nature. Nicolette takes us to 5 spots around the world and gives a 'descriptive encounter of her connection with nature and wildlife. You can sense her deep love of the sea and all it's inhabitants through the way it is written. If you've ever been and explored the ocean, or ever felt like you wanted to, give this book a read to feed that desire.

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This book is like "...dipping into the box of sweets as a treat to go on a journey with you. Densely written so each sentence creates a full picture of the place and the adventure and the sketches simply add to that and they made me smile." Faith

"The author has a rare ability to connect the scientific with the personal, taking you on a journey which makes you invest personally in the protection of Nature/The Natural World.  It is both important and compelling." Daniel

"There is no doubt Nicolette is a marvellous story teller. This delightful book constantly rewards the reader by conveying, in words and images detailed  personal adventures and scientific knowledge in a friendly open hearted way. Nicolette’s passion for the natural world shines out on every page. I have no hesitation in recommending it as a very good read which fire the imagination and take you into exotic  unfamiliar  places."  Jenny        

"Wild Encounters – Try Not To Smile never ceases to surprise and entertain.  Nicolette Scourse employs her impressive academic, professional and practical background to telling effect resulting in a fascinating narrative about creatures above and below the surface in Scotland, the Caribbean, the Seychelles, Maldives, Yap and Palau.   These are hard earned personal experiences and she illustrates her story with delightful sketches which are themselves superb. The book is a joy to read and avoids the “slush” all too frequently served up by some modern narrators describing animals. I predict this volume will go down as a 2017 classic." Dick


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