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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best birding books I've read
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...
Published on 30 April 2009 by Greg Farefield-Rose

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3.0 out of 5 stars This Birding Life
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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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
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Greg Farefield-Rose (Hertfordshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, sincere, enthusiastic, 10 April 2010
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 1 Feb 2009
This review is from: This Birding Life: The Best of the Guardian's Birdwatch: The Diary of a Lifetime's Hobby (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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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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