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Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

Ruth Padel's 'The Mara Crossing' is out now

Talks and tigers are a natural attraction

My book on migration, The Mara Crossing, took seven years. I put the birds and animals first, so their dangerous journeys could show that the drive to find better living conditions is universal and that human migration, a burning political topic everywhere today, is as natural as that of animals. Both are done to survive, both are part of the self-renewing nature of all life.

The Big Six: Costa Rican hideaways

Private reserves, colourful casitas and boutique retreats

My life in travel: Richard Branson

'Memories are made when travelling, not when you're chained to a desk'

Yorkshire housewife claims she was raised by a troop of capuchin monkeys

Experts wary of woman’s ‘raised by monkeys’ claim

Experts have queried accounts of a Yorkshire housewife who claims she was raised by a troop of capuchin monkeys after being abducted as a child.

Water World: David Maisel’s Lake Project

Photography review: Landmark, the Fields of Photography - Planet Earth in all its glory and the macabre beauty of desecration

In a show of exuberant generosity and breadth, images of natural beauty and brutal destruction jostle with Flickr fun

Green is great - while you're rich

The vertiginous plunges in environmental concern are indeed remarkable – but, it has to be said, only what has been expected ever since the worst global recession for more than half a century took hold.

Field science: When your degree takes you to the jungle

Not every degree leaves you languishing in lectures for three years. Third-year zoologist Tamara Williams' studies have taken her to Ecuador so she can get up close and personal with rain forest life.

British top model Lily Cole says she won't model anymore and that it never was a long term plan

Lily Cole: 'I grew up climbing trees - I was the clambering queen!'

I'm not modelling any more It's been a crazy journey since first being spotted but modelling never felt like a long-term plan. I've wanted to act since I was a child [Cole has appeared in films including The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and last year's Snow White and the Huntsman]. I've also got a geeky side, so I'm now involved in a project within the tech industry.

EDF launches £5m civil claim against group of activists who shut down power station

The energy company EDF has launched a civil claim for £5m in damages against a group of activists who shut down one of its gas-fired power stations in a week-long protest last year.

How to catch illegal logging in the Amazon? Make the trunk call

Mobile phones fitted to trees in an attempt to tackle illegal logging and deforestation

British tourist killed falling from Australian waterfall Wentworth Falls

20-year-old man said to have fallen 100 metres from Wentworth Falls in New South Wales

Amazon has now a self-service delivery lockers

Amazon locks and loads so you can pick up and go

Amazon.co.uk is coming to a convenience store near you. The online retail giant has been rolling out its self-service delivery lockers across Britain's supermarkets, train stations and newsagents since last September.

St Lucia: Sweet luxury in a tropical hideaway

Room Service: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort Saint Lucia

Cameron defends his blue period as Avatar war begins

With worldwide box-office returns of almost $2.8bn, James Cameron's Avatar is by some distance the highest-grossing film of all time, which may explain why so many people are keen to take credit for it.

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The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on