It is well known that young musicians and mathematicians do some of their very best work when they are young and not influenced by current and fashionable thinking. The very opposite is true for natural historians, who develop their own world views through a long life of experience and constant interaction with their environment. This is true, very true for Chris and Mathilde Stuart, possibly two of the greatest living natural historians in Africa.
They have always produced excellent field guides, with data and photographs collected in the far flung corners of our country and further into Africa. Their latest Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa, including Angola, Zambia and Malawi is living testament to their rich lives. As an illustrated field guide, it stands unique, without competition.