What I've been reading...
Finished Darwin's Armada, which I enjoyed very much and would recommend to anyone. The voyage of the Beagle is well-trodden ground, but less well-known are the travels of Darwin's later allies Huxley, Hooker and Wallace. A good read.
I had another go at Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes. I'd been given it last Christmas by someone who knew I was interested in nesuke and I read half of it some months ago before resting it. I persevered with another fifty or so pages, but I've given up. Despite all the praise it's got, I just find it turgid and the author's 'journey' into his family history dull.
Started Stephen Jay Gould, The Lying Stones of Marrakech, which is up to his usual standards.