Since boyhood, I’ve been fascinated by insects and have collected a small library of books, especially about one kind of insect. This has now resulted in a collection of wayward biographical sketches of a staggering, or scuttling, range of beetles.

After the unfettered scope of Better Late Than Sorry, it was a refreshing venture to narrow the focus and try to come up with dozens of poems based on sometimes very brief descriptions, lovely old pictures from over a century ago or stunning recent photographs.

Beetles is an ebook published by Redriff Press and is available from Amazon.