on 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.
on 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.