BROADCASTING legend Sir David Attenborough is to visit the tiny Hayling Island Bookshop to sign copies of his latest work.
It is a massive coup for owners Marie and Colin Telford because Sir David, now 86, is only carrying out a handful of signings for the book, Drawn from Paradise.
He has worked with illustrator Errol Fuller to create a book looking at the cultural history of birds of paradise, one of the most colourful and intriguing families of birds.
On November 2 Sir David will visit the bookshop, in Mengham, from 1pm to 3pm to sign copies alongside Mr Fuller, and will chat with fans.
Mrs Telford added: ‘This is quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime event for a small bookshop like ours.
‘David Attenborough is a broadcasting legend.
‘There can be few people in the country of all ages who have not seen his wonderful television programmes.
‘I hope as many people as possible will come and join us to meet Sir David and Errol Fuller as they sign and dedicate copies of the book.
‘The book is gorgeous and will appeal to general nature lovers, art enthusiasts and experienced ornithologists who will delight in this journey of discovery of the world’s most beautiful and mysterious birds.’
Sir David’s distinguished career spans more than 50 years, and his multi-award winning films and series have been broadcast around the world.
His latest 2011 series, Frozen Planet, drew in more than seven million viewers.
He is currently working in Africa and, later this year, is set to collaborate with Icelandic singer Bjork on a documentary called The Nature of Music.
As well as discussing his own love of song, Sir David will describe the role music plays in the lives of creatures such as blue whales, the reed warbler and the lyrebird.
Sir David is the only person to have won a Bafta in black and white, colour, HD and 3D television formats and in 2002 he was named one of the 100 greatest Britons.
Mrs Telford added: ‘This will be an unparalleled opportunity to meet Sir David face to face as he signs copies of the new book.’
Mr Fuller is an artist, writer and an expert on natural history who has written extensively about extinction and extinct creatures.
Entry to the book signing is strictly by ticket only and tickets can be obtained by ordering the book in advance.
Each ticket will include the book for signing by Sir David and Mr Fuller.
Tickets can be reserved now. Call (023) 9246 6620.