Simon Barnes is a multi-award-winning former writer for The Times (London). He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the author of over twenty books, including the bestselling How to be a Bad Birdwatcher.
Barnes' fascinating with the avian world is at the heart of this
book, a passion shared through engaging, often lively and always
A wise and witty celebration of birds.
An eclectic and often witty volume that aims to show how birds live their lives and in doing so, how they've touched on ours.
A celebration of birds and how they help us understand the world we live in.
Glowing praise for birds from the prolific nature writer and novelist, who is filled with great affection and admiration for our feathered friends. The core message of this delightful book will appeal to birders everywhere.
Barnes infuses this playful, conversational exploration of the relationship of birds to humanity with a sense of well-informed wonder. He demonstrates patient attention to the world around him, combining thoughtful scholarship with a skill for conveying particulars in accessible language. A generous volume.
Passionate, inviting, even lyrical. Barnes provides a companionable view of why we love birds, their lives, and futures.
[Barnes's] premise is that people need birds, and if we pay attention to them, they can help us understand the world we share. Illustrated with stunning black-and-white illustrations.
Barnes explores our fascination with birds and the importance they have played in our understanding of the world, from Darwin's finches to the intercontinental migration of birds.