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How to be a Bad Birdwatcher Paperback – 3 May 2012
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"A delightful ode to the wild world outside the kitchen window - leaves you with the warm feeling that a shared love conquers all" - Will Cohu, Daily Telegraph "A witty, perceptive book, thoughtful, instructive and full of simple wisdom." Daily Mail "How to be a bad birdwatcher is a work of pure enthusiasm for the cause of birds and us. Unstuffy, democratically, it tries to help us derive good from things near at hand, everywhere, and it succeeds." The Spectator "An amiable mix of memoir, the merits of binoculars, Charles Darwin, laughing gulls and how watching birds compares with his day job of watching England footballers." The Observer
About the Author
Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for the Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the author of a dozen books, including the bestselling How to be a Bad Birdwatcher and The Meaning of Sport (Short Books). He lives in Suffolk with his family.
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It is a joy and delight! The author's definition of a bad birdwatcher is someone who isnt a fanatic or twitcher or someone who needs to make lists of birds they have seen, but rather someone who just lifts up their head, sees a bird and feels their own heart sing as a result. In essence, then, anyone can be a bad bird watcher and there are no rules. The author's love of birds comes through every page and makes one want to look out for birds and to experience those same heart-singing moments.
It has encouraged me to do so and I see birds everywhere now! I don't do anything different or go anywhere different, but my eyes have been opened and I will never not notice birds again!
Regardless of whether you are interested in birds you'll find this is a rollicking great read.
Don't expect glossy photos, this is a smart little paperback with just a few simple drawings. It celebrates the joy of birdwatching; it is witty, amusing and interesting - a lovely addition to a birdwatcher's library and to anyone who appreciates looking out of the window and seeing garden birds.
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