My Natural History: The Animal Kingdom & How it Shaped Me
Weaves together the story of Simon's life via the animals and the natural encounters that have shaped it.
From the greater horseshoe bat that transported him from the dull classrooms of his youth, to the great whale which marked the moment he knew he was going to be a writer.
With humour and poetry, every page is fizzing with the author's infectious enthusiasm.
- ISBN: 9781906021771
- Author(s): Simon Barnes
- Stock Code: 6021771
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Line drawings
- Pages: 249
- Published: 2010
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A special place, a place of your own, a secret garden where life is somehow more alive than it is outside. The place is wilder and yet kinder, the creatures that live here are less tame but somehow more confiding. It's both magical and holy. Call it Eden, Narnia, the secret garden: the need for such a place is part of the human condition. I've sought it all my life, as Alice sought the locked-up garden after she had fallen down the rabbit-hole. The Enchanted Valley is where we understand the species we share the planet with, and where we also begin to understand the species we happen to be.The Sacred Combe represents natural history writing at its very best.
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This title teaches you to how recognise song after song as the chorus swells. Starting with Robin, and ending up listening to Nightingales. You will learn something of the science of birdsong, the difference between song and call, the physiology of songbirds and what birdsong tells us about evolution. The aim is to give you a flying start in birdsong so that, after reading this book, you'll be listening to order, not chaos, to Bach, not white noise. You will be more aware of the wild world, and better able to understand it. Includes a free podcast.
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by Simon Barnes
Anyone who has ever gazed up at the sky or stared out of the window knows something about birds. In this funny, inspiring, eye opening book, the author paints a riveting picture of how birdwatching has framed his life and can help us all to better understanding of our place on this planet. This title shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes.