- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: New Holland (25 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847736939
- ISBN-13: 978-1847736932
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tales Of A Tabloid Twitcher Paperback – 25 Jul 2010
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"This book may just become the biggest 'must-read' book for birders." -- Fatbirder.com, July 2, 2010
It's a hoot! -- Bird Watching, August 2010
"..a likeable geezer who knows loads about birds"
-- BBC Wildlife magazine, October 2010
"an account of the most newsworthy events in British birding since the early 1990's"
-- Tales of a Tabloid Twitcher
"...displays an openness and lack of cynicism not always associated with members of the red-top brigade"
--The Guardian, December 2010
"...a good little book to help you while away a few happy hours"
--Birds, February 2011
For more than two decades, Stuart Winter has been the birdwatching community's inside man in the world of British tabloid journalism. Quirky, humorous, plain spoken, but always warm-hearted, generous and with a killer instinct for the great human story - this is our man on the "red tops" at his vintage best. --Mark Cocker, author and naturalist
Stuart has a rich catalogue of anecdotes and is undoubtedly one of Britain's best birding blokes --Chris Packham, TV presenter and wildlife expert
A delightfully mischievous, warm and witty personal account of the birding scene, past and present. --Dominic Couzens, author and birder
As knowledgeable as it is richly entertaining, especially in anecdotes about some of the more singular figures in the birding world. The tone may be light-hearted, but underneath Winter is deeply serious about ornithology and about conservation, and his passion for both of them shines through. --Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor, The Independent
About the Author
Stuart Winter has written a regular birdwatching column in national newspapers the Daily Star and the Sunday Express for more than 15 years. He is the winner of the 2009 BBC Wildlife Travel Writers Award and the RSPCA National Media Award 2009 for An outstanding and sustained contribution to the field of animal welfare. He lives in Luton, Bedfordshire.
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Top Customer Reviews
Reading this perhaps Stuart Winter needed their help because this is no five star book. It's okay and I guess I am glad I have read it, but it didn't leave me with a desperation to go out birding or even how interesting it would be to meet the author and discuss it with him.
I suppose I am left feeling rather disappointed by it although I am sure others will love it - perhaps it was the lack of 'lists' (he does mention some) that didn't engage me (too uncompetitive) or the stupid inverted snobbery about Puffins.
I note that Winter writes for the Sunday Express and has previously written for the Star and the News of the World, reading this book with its dreadful proof reading, (which gets worse as the book progresses, I found myself waiting for the next error) one could be forgiven for thinking that he actually writes for the Grauniad!
Not the best birwatching book I have read but not the worst.
In addition to this, as the book progressed I felt increasingly that it was primarily a vehicle for the reproduction of Winter's previous newspaper articles, and that any underpinning theme had been lost. By the time I actually finished the book, I was left with the feeling that it had almost turned into a series of boasts on the part of the author about his media activities and 'achievements' in relation to birds and birding. Oh, and the book is littered with mistakes, to the point that I started to wonder whether it had even been proofread.
In summary, this is an OK book which is worth a read, but it wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting.
The words 're heated leftovers' came to mind as I finished this book which, in the main; consists of extracts from his old newspaper articles with a few 'middle aged man' musings.
Not a patch on Alex Horne's 'Birdwatching watching', now that is full of birds, funny, humane and informative.
OK for reading on the bus/train/plane etc. At least it was cheap.
A four star book that drops a star because of the surprising number of textual errors throughout.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stuart is always an entertaining read. Great 'stocking filler' for any 'birding' friendPublished 17 months ago by Susan Judge
Being a birder myself I can relate to the stories and situations Stuart got into out in the field daily.Published on 25 Sept. 2013 by COLIN NOBLE
excellent value for money as it was classed as used. no sign of wear & tear. My husband is very pleased with the book and its content.Published on 10 Mar. 2012 by nurse lizzie
An excellent read. Good storytelling, amusing and informative. You do not have to be a twitcher or birder to find this a fun read.Published on 3 Jan. 2011 by I. Gordon
This book is a good read for antbody that has ever bothered to try to see wildlife and can be recommended.Published on 14 Dec. 2010 by G. Garner