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The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

by Patrick Barkham

The Real World

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Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2010.

 

Butterflies animate our summers but the 59 butterfly species of the British Isles can be surprisingly elusive. Some bask unseen at the top of trees in London parks; others lurk at the bottom of damp bogs in Scotland. A few survive for months while other ephemeral creatures only fly for three days. Several are virtually extinct. This bewitching book charts Patrick Barkham's quest to find all 59 - from the Adonis Blue to the Dingy Skipper - in one unforgettable summer. Wry, attentive, full of infectious delight and curiosity, written with a beautifully light touch, Butterfly Isles will become a classic of British nature writing.

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The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals Synopsis

Barkham brings alive the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our butterflies. He witnesses a swarming invasion of Painted Ladies, experiences the curse of the Purple Emperor, makes a euphoric sighting of an exceedingly rare migrant and as summer draws to a close, suffers from butterfly burnout. He meets some deeply knowledgeable and eccentric butterfly obsessives and reconnects with lovely, overlooked corners of our countryside. As he goes, he looks back at the butterfly collectors of the past and ahead to a future in which many of our butterflies will struggle to survive on an overcrowded and overheating island.

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ISBN: 9781847081278
Publication date: 07/10/2010
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847081278
Publication date: 7th October 2010
Author: Patrick Barkham
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Hardback
Genres: The Real World,
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About Patrick Barkham

Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He lives in London but spends most of his weekends in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was short listed for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje prize. He is currently working on a new book about badgers, to be published by Granta Books.

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