By Alex Preston,Neil Gower
'A magical publication: an inimitable fusion of ornithology, literary anthology and autobiography.' Tom Holland
When Alex Preston used to be 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 although. particularly, it went underground, and he begun birdwatching within the books that he learn, growing his personal own anthology of nature writing that introduced the birds of his formative years again to remarkable existence.
Looking for moments 'when center and fowl are one', Preston weaves the superior writing approximately birds right into a own and whimsical narrative that's as a lot concerning the pleasure of analyzing and writing because it is ready the joys 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 would make you examine birds, on the global, in a more recent, richer mild.
Beautifully illustrated and illuminated via the prestigious image artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers trap Fire is a e-book to like and to carry, to come back to repeatedly, to wonder on the method that authors around the centuries have captured the never-ending grace and diversity of birds.
'A cheerful and a wondrous publication' the Guardian
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