This was a very pleasant surprise! When I returned home yesterday evening, in time to watch Strictly, after a lovely day at a Dorset Bird Club/BTO conference, my Mum was on the ‘phone reading me this review of Remarkable Birds which appeared in The Times as a book of the year in the ‘outdoors’ category:
If I don’t always agree with the environmental solutions of the former RSPB director Mark Avery, I do admire his fight for birds. Here the Birdman has curated a “showcase” of 67 significant birds that we share, or have shared, planet Earth with. Songbirds, raptors, useful birds, adored birds. Avery’s pen portraits are exquisite, as are the hundreds of accompanying antique paintings and drawings by the likes of Audubon and Thornton. The book is like holding gold or jewels. I cannot put it down.
Thames & Hudson, 240pp, £24.95
Thank you very much John Lewis-Stempel!