Martha and Martha 2 and a great review in the Independent

Martha coverThe World at One say they had such a strong response to the chat between Martha Kearney and me on the subject of Passenger Pigeons that they have put up a separate link to it and included a film of the interview too – click here to hear and see the interview.

I also enjoyed the chat we had off air – she had clearly read A Message from Martha (as we talked about some of the details in Chapter 6 and without reading it, you wouldn’t know them) and she said some nice things about it to me – we authors are desperate for praise you know!

And the first review of A Message from Martha appeared today in the Independent and the ‘i’ (p42) – and I’m relieved to say it’s a very good one including phrases such as:

‘In its science, its history and its ecological insights, the book excels‘.

Avery’s description of the 40 per cent decline in British birds over the past century, and the bone-headed refusal of farmers’ leaders to endorse ecologically friendly farming methods, provide a chilling echo of his American discoveries. Will our own turtle dove follow the passenger pigeon into extinction over the next decade?‘.

Martha’s message rings out loud and clear‘.

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5 Replies to “Martha and Martha 2 and a great review in the Independent”

  1. Excellent, Mark! And I've just been doing the final polishing of 62 in my own book, so a neat coincidence of timing. Looking forward to seeing A Message From Martha next week.

  2. Congratulations Mark, that's quite a coup getting a standout clip (which presumably means it'll be available long after the usual iPlayer 7 day cutoff?).
    Payday next week, so hoping this month's budget can stretch to a copy of Martha 🙂

  3. Great clip Mark. Have a look at the Passenger Pigeon on this Nat Geo extinction time line. They've got date wrong but it puts Martha in some sort of context. Have you approached them about a review or offered to write a piece? I have a contact somewhere. Would be great for US sales! Best wishes, Nick Ps will ask Andrea my wife to buy me a copy for Christmas/birthday. Could you personalise it?


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