James’s latest book, Orientalist Lives, was published in November last year and recently won the Art History & Criticism category in the 2019 Association of American Publishers PROSE Awards. It explores the travels and careers of Western artists working in the Middle East during the period 1830–1920 and is published by the American University of Cairo Press; click here for information in the AUCP catalogue (pages 2/3).

His most recent wildlife book was The Mating Lives of Birds, published by New Holland Publishers, which looks at the extraordinary and sometimes shocking world of avian reproduction. Click on the cover below to find out more or to buy copies.

Next up is a biography of the pioneering bird photographer, Emma Turner, on which James is currently working with co-author Jeremy Greenwoood, for publication during autumn 2019.

The Mating Lives of Birds

See below for James’s other books. Some are now out of print, but can be found through secondhand booksellers, via or by clicking on the relevant cover.

The Living Coast Heathland The National Forest:
Heritage in the Making
 Global Safari Rainforest Safari  The Desert
BBC Wildlife review

  Click here to read a short interview with James about travel, deserts and missing his binoculars…