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Not the usual green polemic,
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This review is from: Silent Spring Revisited (Hardcover)First of all, full disclosure: the author is a client of mine. Having said that, no special pleading or log-rolling is needed for this book.
It's an unusual book in that it takes a light touch to a heavy subject: species extinction, or the threat of it. Taking as his starting point Rachel Carson's seminal work, 'Silent Spring', Conor leads us on a chronological world tour of the threats facing the world's birds, coupled always with a ray of hope as he shows us how small steps - and occasional big ones - can make a real difference.
Starting in the early sixties, he weaves a skillful and engrossing tale mixing observation, autobiography, travel writing, research and history that takes a hold of you slowly, but surely, and then never lets up until the closing pages that bring us right up to date in 2012 (a publishing marvel in itself).
His writing blends precision (always the first goal of any serious writer) with vivid description and evocative vignettes of life amongst birds from Scotland through New Zealand and the Amazon to his current home in rural Bedfordshire.
I am about as averagely green as the next man, ie not much, but I notice birds more now thanks to Conor's prose and clear passion for his subject.
As an aside, the book itself is rather beautifully produced with a great front cover and spare pencil illustrations at the start of each chapter.
If you are even vaguely interested in birds, "the environment" or how an individual (even one not working for the RSPB) can make a difference, read this book.