By Alex Preston,Neil Gower
'A magical e-book: an inimitable fusion of ornithology, literary anthology and autobiography.' Tom Holland
When Alex Preston used to be 15, he stopped being a birdwatcher. formative years and the scorn of his friends made him positioned 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 even though. really, 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 early life again to tremendous lifestyles.
Looking for moments 'when center and chicken are one', Preston weaves the superior writing approximately birds right into a own and kooky narrative that's as a lot concerning the pleasure of analyzing and writing because it is set the fun of natural world. 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, it is a booklet that might make you examine birds, on the international, in a more recent, richer gentle.
Beautifully illustrated and illuminated via the prestigious photo artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers capture Fire is a ebook to like and to carry, to come back to repeatedly, to surprise on the manner that authors around the centuries have captured the never-ending grace and diversity of birds.
'A cheerful and a wondrous booklet' the Guardian
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