Dry Store Room No1 by Richard Fortey Harper Perennial HK$104 Any fan of London's Natural History Museum will love this book by one of its former senior palaeontologists. Also known as Trilobite Man, thanks to his expertise with 'the beetles of the Palaeozoic', Richard Fortey takes readers behind the scenes to meet not only the specimens kept out of the public eye but also the boffins working behind closed doors. Sometimes the humans behind the microscopes are more interesting than the species they study, such as Lizard Man, who won fame for showing how lizards recognise each other with strange dances. There is also Fish Man, who found a lost Mozart score while researching the Brazilian herring, and the botanist who collected the pubic hair of women he bedded, carefully noting their names next to their short and curlies on card files. Fortey's nostalgic tour of the museum wanders through its hidden rooms following no particular map. Along the way he discusses important work in entomology, geology, mineralogy, cladistics and taxonomy. Fortey's eccentric but illuminating volume is a work of love. His enthusiasm makes all the difference.