The paperback of A Message from Martha is out on 24 September: it has the same words, a lower price and a slightly different cover.
Today is the 101st anniversary of the extinction of the most numerous bird on Earth. In the last year have we moved closer to saving the world’s biodiversity? Not much, if at all, I would say.
You might have bought a copy of the paperback Martha at the Bird Fair but it won’t be in the shops for a few more weeks.
Inside the cover you will find these paeons of praise:
‘This absorbing book is an engaging and wistful, yet measured, chronicle about the tragic loss of one very special, iconic, species‘ – Guardian
‘An entertaining book … told with humour and disarming self deprecation‘ – Country Life
‘Riveting … a dark but fascinating chronicle of how human greedcan have incalculableconsequences in the natural world‘ – Independent
‘An unusual combination of history, travelogue, horror story of wanton slaughter, analysis of ecological disaster and intense passion — for Avery leaves us in no doubt what Martha’s moral message to the modern world must be.’ – Daily Mail
‘A compelling read … written by one of the most passionate conservationists of his generation‘ – BTO News
‘The annihalation of the passenger pigeon should be seen as one of the greatest crimes committed by mankind on nature‘ – Sunday Express
‘This hear-wrenching saga of extinctions old and new is as much about us as of disappearing doves‘ – Chris Packham
‘In his often jaw-dropping book he sets out to tell the story of this remarkable animal, and discover the reasons for its seemingly inexplicable demise. Piecing together the evidence, extrapolating from hazy first-hand accounts and taking his cue from other birds that are still with us, his book reads at times like the most arresting of mystery stories.’ – Sunday Times