Book update: A day’s research in London

John and Margaret Cooper joined Simon King to visit The Linnean Society (Piccadilly) and peruse their Maxwell Knight archive.

Then, on to the Natural History Museum (South Kensington) to see The Maxwell Knight Library.


In the evening, returning back to The Linnean Society for Founder’s Day.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the day productive and memorable. The project continues…

“Be a Nature Detective”

I  have  in  front  of   me  a  “withdrawn”  library  book  written  by  Maxwell  Knight entitled “Be a Nature Detective” (Frederick Warne & Co 1968). On 24 June 1968 – some five months after the author of the book died – the book was borrowed from Derbyshire County Library for the very first time. I wonder if  that reader ever realised that he/she had once read the works of  one of  Britain’s most accomplished spy handlers and whether they had gone  on  to  become  a  nature  detective?

I  hope  so.