- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books; First Paperback Edition edition (1 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847080804
- ISBN-13: 978-1847080806
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Corvus: A Life with Birds Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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'Like all the best accounts of a life shared with animals (Gerald Durrell comes inevitably to mind), Corvus offers much in the way of domestic comedy ... Exquisitely written - Gallopingly readable' - Guardian 'A number of qualities make this unlikely book such a triumph. The first is the author's character, as revealed in the tone of her narrative voice - Then there is the deceptive simplicity of Woolfson's best writing - Finally though, it is her ever-present sense of fresh wonder which carries us lightly to the very last page' - Irish Times'Funny, touching and beautifully written - a fascinating insight into the closeness human beings can achieve with wild creatures'- Sunday Times
About the Author
Esther Woolfson was brought up in Glasgow and studied Chinese at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Edinburgh University. Her acclaimed short stories have appeared in many anthologies and have been read on Radio 4. She has won prizes for her nature writing and received a Scottish Arts Council Travel Grant and a Writer's Bursary
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But what really made it for me were the relationships between Esther and the helpless infant corvids that, having fallen from their family nests, she took in and raised in her home in Aberdeen. Nurturing and living with Chicken and Spike gave Esther an unprecedented opportunity to study corvid behaviour. Her love and care of these birds is evident, as is her awareness and respect for them as wild and highly independent-minded creatures. The description of the greeting ritual between the author and Chicken each morning is very touching - how many people do you know who've had the priviledge of bowing and greeting a adult female rook at the bottom of their stairs each morning?!!
I hope others enjoy Corvus as much as I did.
The lives of her rescued birds are related with great humour and a freedom from pre-judgement that makes them all the more convincing. We have almost a cultural dislike of crows and magpies, a tradition of seeing them as birds of ill omen and these days blaming the latter for the drop in numbers of small garden birds; Woolfson refutes this. Titbits about their preferences, their ways of showing (she believes) empathy, their jokes (Spike likes to create booby-traps by balancing objects on the top of doors) and the way they continue to display innate behaviours though confined to the house, are fascinating. The birds are never `house-trained' but she is able to deal philosophically with this, and with their unsavoury habit of caching perishable foodstuff under the carpets and cushions.
This is a hugely enjoyable and accomplished book, acclaimed by Mark Cocker and other distinguished names. It should appeal to amateur or expert.
A great book and beautifully written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent delivery. This was a Book Club choice and not mine.Published 1 day ago by christine a. holland
Being a fan of Corvids, the book had me spell bound. Clever, crafty and lovable, what fortune to live so close to them. Enjoyed every page.Published 16 days ago by Jane CH
Patchy but interesting, the author lived with several birds, including crows. Full of interesting facts and observations, it is also a gentle story about living with sentient... Read morePublished 24 days ago by N. Tuson
One of those rare things - an intelligent book written by an intelligent writer. So glad I read it on my Kindle though where it is easy to look up those Latin bird-related words. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jill in East Kent
Loved this. I learned so much about birds. Very well written, I became really involved with the author's life.Published 2 months ago by kidsgrown
I found this to be an astonishing and (to use a term I see many other reviewers have also used) enchanting book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by manxseasider