An entirely spellbinding book, that will remind those that have forgotten the wonders of the world we are part of, and delight those who are smart enough to already know. Give this to everyone you know, but keep a copy for yourself, and revel in the joys of bottomless sits and magical pants! — Becky Doherty
For those readers who want to get closer to the nature all around them and bring it back into focus within their lives, this book is the ideal companion.
We're not just losing the wild world. We're forgetting it. We're no longer noticing it. We've lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing.
But we can make hidden things visible, and this book features numerous spellbinding ways to bring the magic of nature much closer to home.
Mammals you never knew existed will enter your world. Birds hidden in treetops will shed their cloak of anonymity. With a single movement of your hand you can make reptiles appear before you. Butterflies you never saw before will bring joy to every sunny day. Creatures of the darkness will enter your consciousness. And as you take on new techniques and a little new equipment, you will discover new creatures and, with them, new areas of yourself that had gone dormant. Once put to use, they wake up and start working again. You become wilder in your mind and in your heart. Once you know the tricks, the wild world begins to appear before you.
About the Author
Simon Barnes was the chief sportswriter for the Times of London until 2014, having worked for the paper for thirty years. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling How to be a Bad Birdwatcher as well as The Meaning of Birds, which is available from Pegasus Books. He lives in England.
Barnes reminds readers to take time out to pay full attention to their natural surroundings in this earnest and accessible how-to guide. Barnes offers sound advice and educational information. Informative and useful, his manual should prove a valuable resource for any novice nature-philes interested in reveling in the ‘wildness in us all.’
This fanciful yet grounded book is Barnes’s clarion call for rediscovering the wild world of nature through simple actions and a reframed perspective. The short chapters and approachable tone should appeal to any nature lover, but especially for the budding naturalist.
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.
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.
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.
A celebration, an exploration, and an exhibition. Educates, entertains, and sends hearts soaring as Barnes shares his knowledge of and devotion to his subject, his eloquence and his wisdom.
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.