New PDF release: As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Birds & Books

By Alex Preston,Neil Gower

'A magical publication: 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 positioned 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 even though. quite, it went underground, and he all started birdwatching within the books that he learn, developing his personal own anthology of nature writing that introduced the birds of his early life again to marvelous existence.

Looking for moments 'when center 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 in regards to the pleasure of examining and writing because it is ready the fun 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 ebook that may make you examine birds, on the international, in a more recent, richer gentle.

Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by way of the distinguished photograph artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers trap Fire is a booklet to like and to carry, to come back to many times, to surprise on the method that authors around the centuries have captured the never-ending grace and diversity of birds.

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