By Alex Preston,Neil Gower
'A magical publication: an inimitable fusion of ornithology, literary anthology and autobiography.' Tom Holland
When Alex Preston was once 15, he stopped being a birdwatcher. early life and the scorn of his friends made him placed away his binoculars, depart in the back of the hides and the character reserves and the quiet companionship of his fellow birders. His love of birds did not disappear notwithstanding. fairly, it went underground, and he begun birdwatching within the books that he learn, developing his personal own anthology of nature writing that introduced the birds of his early life again to excellent existence.
Looking for moments 'when middle and fowl are one', Preston weaves some of the best writing approximately birds right into a own and whimsical narrative that's as a lot in regards to the pleasure of studying and writing because it is set the fun of flora and fauna. relocating from the 'high requiem' of Keats's nightingale to the crow-strewn sky on the finish of Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, from Ted Hughes's brooding 'Hawk within the Rain' to the giddy anthropomorphism of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, this can be a ebook that might make you examine birds, on the international, in a more moderen, richer mild.
Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by way of the prestigious image artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers trap Fire is a booklet to like and to carry, to come back to time and again, to surprise on the approach that authors around the centuries have captured the never-ending grace and diversity of birds.
'A pleased and a wondrous publication' the Guardian
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