Married; children: Thomas, Gabriella.
Home—London, England. Agent—Mary Pachnos, Aitken Alexander Associates, 18-21 Cavaye Place, London SW10 9PT, England.
Journalist and author.
Why Pandas Do Handstands: And Other Curious Truths about Animals, Free Press (New York, NY), 2006.
Play It Again, Tom, Bantam Press (New York, NY), 2007.
Author of the blog Why Pandas Do Handstands.
A childhood spent on the farms of his small Welsh community instilled Augustus Brown with intense curiosity about what makes animals tick—from one uncle he learned how to hypnotize a chicken, and from another, how to tickle a trout. As a journalist living in London, Brown lent his expertise to several books about animal behavior, then decided to offer his own compendium of little-known animal facts. The resulting title, Why Pandas Do Handstands: And Other Curious Truths about Animals, covers the gamut from land and sea mammals to fish, insects, and birds. In a review for the Marco Eagle, Terri Schlichenmeyer wrote that the book "will teach you all sorts of little-known tidbits about all sorts of creatures," further describing it as "easy to read, easy to grab, and you don't have to try to remember a whole cast of characters." Animal Person reviewer Mary Martin remarked that Why Pandas Do Handstands "can help humans realize how much we have in common with other animals." Pamela Cross- land called the book "delightful" in a review for Booklist, adding that it "goes one step beyond most books of this type" with its extensive reference section.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, October 1, 2006, Pamela Crossland, review of Why Pandas Do Handstands: And Other Curious Truths about Animals, p. 11.
Guardian Unlimited,http://www.guardian.co.uk/ (January 6, 2007), Augustus Brown, "Venturing into the World of Animals."
Marco Eagle,http://www.marconews.com/ (Feburary 1, 2007), Terri Schlichenmeyer, "On the Shelf: Augustus Brown Delves into the Amazing World of Animals."