As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Birds & Books by Alex Preston,Neil Gower

By Alex Preston,Neil Gower

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

When Alex Preston used to be 15, he stopped being a birdwatcher. youth and the scorn of his friends made him placed 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 although. fairly, 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 formative years again to significant existence.

Looking for moments 'when center and fowl are one', Preston weaves the superior writing approximately birds right into a own and whimsical narrative that's as a lot in regards to the pleasure of analyzing 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 booklet that would make you examine birds, on the international, in a more moderen, richer gentle.

Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by means of the distinguished image artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers capture Fire is a ebook to like and to carry, to come back to repeatedly, to wonder on the method that authors around the centuries have captured the unending grace and diversity of birds.

'A pleased and a wondrous ebook' the Guardian

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