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By Alex Preston,Neil Gower

'A magical ebook: an inimitable fusion of ornithology, literary anthology and autobiography.' Tom Holland

When Alex Preston was once 15, he stopped being a birdwatcher. youth and the scorn of his friends made him positioned away his binoculars, go away 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. relatively, it went underground, and he all started 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 awesome existence.

Looking for moments 'when middle and chicken are one', Preston weaves some of the best writing approximately birds right into a own and whimsical narrative that's as a lot concerning the pleasure of interpreting 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 e-book that might make you examine birds, on the international, in a more moderen, richer gentle.

Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by way of the distinguished picture artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers capture Fire is a ebook to like and to carry, to come back to repeatedly, to surprise on the approach that authors around the centuries have captured the never-ending grace and diversity of birds.

'A pleased and a wondrous booklet' the Guardian

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