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. early life and the scorn of his friends made him placed away his binoculars, go away at the back of the hides and the character reserves and the quiet companionship of his fellow birders. His love of birds did not disappear notwithstanding. quite, it went underground, and he 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 outstanding existence.
Looking for moments 'when center and poultry 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 studying 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, it is a publication that would make you examine birds, on the international, in a more moderen, richer gentle.
Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by way of the distinguished photo artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers trap Fire is a ebook to like and to carry, to come to time and again, to surprise on the manner that authors around the centuries have captured the unending grace and diversity of birds.
'A cheerful and a wondrous ebook' the Guardian
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As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Birds & Books by Alex Preston,Neil Gower