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A new book that's making people think about where we come from

At the heart of this book is the thesis that Man did not emerge from the cradle of Africa, but from the isolation of an island in the Indian Ocean; and that our relationship with the sea is perhaps the single most important aspect of our evolution.

Our mastery of language, our affinity with water, our dextrous but primitive hands, even our big toe – such characteristics define us, and separate us from our primate cousins who remain cheerfully mute, terrified of water and happier on all fours than two.

In the course of pursuing this hypothesis Mr Brouard’s Odyssey brings together all the scientific research, theories – and fantasies – of the past century. Through the friendship of a young woman and her childhood teacher over the past fifty years, it questions our acceptance of the ladder of human progress.

This is a book that takes you on a marvellous journey. You might get lost sometimes, you might wonder where you’re going; but you will undoubtedly be glad you made the trip.


Diana Winsor published her first short story when she was 15. She went on to become a journalist, writing for the Daily Telegraph Magazine, the Sunday Times and many other publications. She has published two thrillers and several books on Bath and the English countryside, and lives in Worcestershire with her husband and two daughters. Her father is William Winsor, whose ideas form the basis of this book. He joined the Admiralty in the 1930s and served during the Second World War as a civilian in charge of naval armaments in Egypt and Eritrea , together with his wife Jean. They live in Bath and say they will write their memoirs when they have the time.

“The oddest book in the world…”

“Superb…a most touching story of one man’s dedication to enquiry, and one woman’s dedication to respecting it”

“A gargantuan feast which led to a degree of indigestion"

“An intellectual tour de force…impossible to describe in one sentence”

“ Darwin revisited”

Is it a novel? I mean – is it true?”

The Bath Chronicle, Worcester Evening News, Kidderminster Shuttle and various readers.

Mr Brouard's Odyssey
Diana Winsor
Cover design - Diana Winsor
Polperro Heritage Press
42 line drawings by the author
ISBN 0954423356
£14.95 from bookshops or £16 by post from
Polperro Heritage Press, Clifton-upon-Teme, Worcestershire, WR6 6EN

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