Birdwatching is more than just a hobby or scientific pursuit, as evidenced by the wide range of writings about birds gathered here by Alex Preston, along with his own experiences as a book lover, novelist, and amateur ornithologist. Arranged by 21 bird species—each illustrated by Neil Gower—this hybrid collection includes Preston's reflections on gulls, peacocks, snow geese, and barn owls, plus quotations by such bird lovers as Mary Oliver, John Keats, Ted Hughes, Osip Mandelstam, Robert Graves, Tomas Transtromer, Daphne du Maurier, and Paul Muldoon.
"Neil Gower is a genius. It's as simple as that."—Bill Bryson