Sooyong Park is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has devoted over twenty years to studying and filming Siberian tigers. His groundbreaking tiger research was the subject of the film Siberian Tiger Quest. When not in Siberia, he lives in Seoul, Korea. Based on his philosophy that `nature is to be observed, not directed', his work involves unimaginable patience and a painstaking devotion to becoming part of nature. His profound insights into the natural world and his warm affection for living creatures reveal that animals, like humans, have souls.
Praise for The Great Soul of Siberia: `If you read one nature book this year, make it this one.' Mark Cocker, Spectator `Wonderful ... deserves to become a classic of wildlife literature.' The Times `A wonderful evocation of the land and the habits of the desperately endangered Siberian tiger.' Independent `The year's best wildlife book could already have arrived' Wanderlust `Subtly intense ... Park has a deep sense of oneness with the world around him. His close engagement with the forest ecology is the most extraordinary element of this remarkable book.' New Statesman `It's a masterpiece. One of the most moving outdoor texts I've read in years. This is a book about love - one exceptional human being's love for the wild, beautiful and persecuted creatures to which his life is dedicated. It also comprehends a fortitude and hardihood so far beyond the everyday I was left shaking my head in astonished admiration.' The Great Outdoors `Sooyong's magical prose led me into little-known and breathtakingly beautiful forests, exposed me to the bitter cold of long winter months, and revealed the secret life of that most mysterious of cats, the Siberian tiger.' Jane Goodall `A triumph of nature writing; an original and authentic voice from the wilderness.' Jonathan and Angela Scott `The book is a love letter ... To read it is to hear the voice of a remarkable man.' Daily Telegraph `Spellbinding ... Park's book burns an indelible memory.' Country Life