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The Meaning of Birds

by Simon Barnes

The Meaning of Birds Synopsis

One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, The Wisdom of Birds muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese, and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich. From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon Barnes explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird - and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life.

The Meaning of Birds Press Reviews

'A heartfelt celebration of birds - and of their ability to draw us into the world beyond humanity' Reader's Digest. 'Barnes infuses this playful, conversational exploration of the relationship of birds to humanity with a sense of well-informed wonder ... This is a generous volume in which Barnes unabashedly shares his affinity for anyone with birding in the blood ' Publishers Weekly. 'He has an eye for the telling detail ... a very attractive range of reference ... More seriously, he has particularly important points to make about the way birds define places and are in turn defined by them, about the deep human responses to birdsong and the avian capacity for flight, and about our special fascination with raptors' TLS. 'A wise and witty celebration of birds' The Countryman. 'A celebration of birds and how they help us understand the world we live in' Nature's Home. 'Eclectic and often witty volume that aims to show how birds live their lives and in doing so, how they've touched on ours' BBC Countryfile (Great gifts for book lovers this Christmas). 'A well written, heartfelt book about the wonders of birds ... a real pleasure to read. It is a book that can be dipped into without losing anything, and most importantly conveys his deep passion for his subject' Nudge Book. 'Simon frequently relaxes his prose, allowing the words to breathe a little more, in a manner appropriate to his subjects ... He is a fine professional writer who enjoys his craft' Bird Watch. 'Barnes' fascination with the avian world is at the heart of this book, a passion shared through engaging, often lively and always conversational text' BBC Wildlife. 'Finely illustrated and wonderfully tactile, Barnes ranges from pheasant and buzzard to vulture and great auk in this packed birding tome' NFU Countryside.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784970703
Publication date: 8th September 2016
Author: Simon Barnes
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Wildlife: birds & birdwatching,

About Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning former chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the author of over 20 books, including the bestselling How to be a Bad Birdwatcher.

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