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This Birding Life: The Best of the Guardian's Birdwatch: The Diary of a Lifetime's Hobby [Hardcover]

Stephen Moss
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25 Aug 2006 Guardian
Aurum's first collaboration with Guardian Books, "A Lifetime of Mountains", a collection of Harry Griffin's much-loved "Country Diary", was a beautiful book and a significant sales success, with 11,000 copies sold. For its second Guardian book, Aurum collects another popular "Guardian" column, this time by an Aurum author whose last book was a critical and sales success. Stephen Moss is the author of "A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching", which has sold over 8000 copies already and been praised by John Carey in the "Sunday Times" and by Simon Barnes, author of "How to be a Bad Birdwatcher". Moss's 'Birdwatch' column has over the years included nostalgic reminiscences on birdwatching as a child, accounts of birding expeditions to places as farflung as St Kilda and even Antarctica, of birding on his honeymoon in the Gambia, the birds on his garden feeder and, recently, introducing his toddler son to a first awareness of birds. Now, the best of these 'Birdwatch' columns are collected into a beautiful miniature hardback, tastefully designed and illustrated with line drawings, and together they build into a touching and fascinating chronicle of how one person's hobby has endured and evolved and in turn enriched a whole life.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845131800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845131807
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 17 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'This is a wonderful book' Simon Barnes, author of How to be a Bad Birdwatcher"

About the Author

Stephen Moss is the author of A Bird in the Bush (also published by Aurum), 1001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Birds and Were Afraid to Ask and Gardening for Birds. He has produced for TV Birding with Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie Goes Wild, and Springwatch, and is now working with Alan Titchmarsh.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best birding books I've read 30 April 2009
This Birding Life is a compilation of the best articles from Stephen Moss' Birdwatch, a column he has written for The Guardian since 1993.

It is nicely arranged thematically rather than chronologically with sections on growing up with birds, Moss' "local patch", birding in the UK and birding around the world amongst others. The columns are excellently written in an anecdotal style with some pertinent insights - only the overseas section becomes slightly tiresome with its list of rare sightings. What shines throughout though is Stephen Moss' quietish passion and decency as well as his way with words.

After Mark Obmascik's very different The Big Year, this is probably the best book I've read about birdwatching and is highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, sincere, enthusiastic 10 April 2010
An engaging, sincere and enthusiastic account of the author's life-long passion for birdwatching, as expressed through his columns in the Guardian. A book that is in many was comparable to Simon Barnes' 'How to be a Bad Birdwatcher', this book shows that you can enjoy watching birds anywhere you may happen to be in the world - and makes you want to get outside and see what you can see. The only problem I can see with this book is that it will probably be mostly read by people (such as myself) who are already keen birdwatchers, so there is a sense of preaching to the converted here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 1 Feb 2009
Wonderful and evocative portrait of the birding life on the Levels. An area I have come to love is sold by this very knowledgable author, without being sentimental.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Birding Life 9 July 2013
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It's OK. It's bitty (reprints of short newspaper articles) and the least of this admired author's works. Presentation is pulp, better than nothing to fill in the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bird Life 5 Jan 2013
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Lovely book as are all the books on Bird Life written by Stephen Moss. That is with the exception of his poetry!
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