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The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow
  

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

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This is about Mumble the Owl, her story and that of her species and kind, the Tawny owl. Through his diaries, Martin Windrow can look back at the time when Mumble graced his life, giving him a privileged opportunity to view such a symbolic bird from close, often very close quarters. Owls have captured our imagination as symbols of knowledge to their role as a witch’s familiar - but here is one bird that loved to doze on a bust of Caesar, fought houseplants to the death and was responsible for the wrecking of much interior decoration. RIP Mumble the owl, through whose story we learn so much about the brilliance and beauty of the tawny owl.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. When Windrow first adopted his fledgling tawny owl and brought her home to his South London tower block, he had little practical experience of pets. Soon he was making surreptitious trips to Harrods food hall to find just the right kind of rabbit to feed her, watching her perch comfortably on a pile of books, or avoid daily crash landings as she swooped down unexpectedly. Windrow’s fifteen-year relationship with his owl Mumble is a quirky, funny, and endearingly eccentric story.
~ The Good Book Guide

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The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow

'Perched on the back of a sunlit chair was something about 9 inches tall and shaped rather like a plump toy penguin with a nose-job. It appeared to be wearing a one-piece knitted jumpsuit of pale grey fluff with brown stitching, complete with an attached balaclava helmet. From the face-hole of the fuzzy balaclava, two big, shiny black eyes gazed up at me trustfully. Kweep, it said quietly.' When author Martin Windrow met the tawny owlet that he christened Mumble, it was love at first sight. Raising her from a fledgling, through adolescence and into her prime years, Windrow recorded every detail of their time living together (secretly) in a south London tower block, and later in a Sussex village. This is the touching, intriguing and eccentric story of their 15-year relationship, complete with photographs and illustrations of the beautiful Mumble. Along the way, we are given fascinating insight into the ornithology of owls - from their evolution and biology to their breeding habits and hunting tactics. The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar is a witty, quirky and utterly charming account of the companionship between one man and his owl.


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Reviews

'A heavenly book. Mumble will move you to tears, mostly of laughter, as she flutters her way into your heart.'

-Jilly Cooper

'Unlikely books are often very endearing - this is one such book. An utterly charming work, perhaps best read at night when there are owls about.'

-Alexander McCall Smith

'An engaging, funny and beautifully told memoir.'

-Choice Magazine

'Windrow describes the secret life of owls in a warm and highly readable style. A book to brighten up your day.'

-The Lady

'Anyone who thinks the bond between man and dog or cat is the supreme human-house pet attachment will have to reconsider after reading Martin Windrow's touching account of the bird who changed his life, a possessive and characterful tawny owl named Mumble who was his domestic companion for 15 action-packed years.'

- Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Born in 1944 and educated at Wellington College, Martin Windrow is an Associate of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Foreign Legion Association of Great Britain. He has worked in publishing since the mid-1960s as a commissioning editor and author.

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Publication date

23rd October 2014

Author

Martin Windrow

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Memoirs
Birds, including cage birds, as pets
Humour

ISBN

9780552170048

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