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This Birding Life: The Best of the Guardian's Birdwatch: The Diary of a Lifetime's Hobby Hardcover – 25 Aug 2006

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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: 11.4 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,813 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"

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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 By Greg Farefield-Rose on 30 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Young on 10 April 2010
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nature lover on 1 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Johnson on 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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Emmott on 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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