The 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‘.