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The Peregrine Paperback – 9 Jun 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007395906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007395903
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘…an inspiring example to future writers, and a gift to lovers of nature.’
The Times Literary Supplement

‘… a literary masterpiece, one of the 20th century’s outstanding examples of nature writing.’
Independent

‘The Peregrine should be known as one of the finest works on nature ever written'
BBC Wildlife

‘… some of the most marvellous prose of the twentieth century.’
Literary Review

‘A tour de force … what can I do except praise writing which involves all the senses? This book goes altogether outside the bird-book into literature.’
The Sunday Times

‘A rapt and remarkable book … his phrases have a magnesium-flare intensity.’
Observer

‘… what is certain is that The Peregrine is the most precise and poetic account of a bird – possibly of any non-human creature – ever written in English prose.’
The Daily Telegraph

‘J. A. Baker's poetic prose has a hard intensity and an exquisite lyric grace that takes it far beyond the stereotypical stuff of larks ascending and questing voles. Cruelly beautiful and brutally exact, it sees the countryside anew to give us nature in the wild and in the raw.’
The Scotsman

‘Including original diaries from which The Peregrine was written and its companion volume, The Hill of Summer, this is a beautiful compendium of lyrical nature writing at its absolute best […]. For those with an interest in the Peregrine Falcon or classic natural history writing. ‘
The Guardian

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Click buy, now! Why? Let this extract speak for itself. I know there are many passages concerning the eponymous and majestic Peregrine but this is a good example of how Baker can transform the mundane to something quite profound and revelatory:

'At midday I saw a fox, far out on the saltings, leaping and splashing through the incoming tide. On drier ground he walked; his fur was sleek and dark with wetness, his brush limp and dripping. He shook himself like a dog, sniffed the air, and trotted towards the sea-wall. Suddenly he stopped. Looking through binoculars, I saw the small pupils of his eyes contract and dilate in their white-flecked yellow irises. Eyes savagely alive, light smouldering within, yet glitteringly opaque as jewels. Their unchanging glare was fixed upon me as the fox walked slowly forward. When he stopped again, he was only ten yards away, and I lowered the binoculars. He stood there for more than a minute, trying to understand me with his nose and ears, watching me with his baffled, barbaric eyes. Then the breeze conveyed my fetid human smell, and the beautiful roan coloured savage became a hunted fox again, ducking and darting away, streaming over the sea-wall and across the long green fields beyond.'
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I have already rated this book as excellent, as indeed the literature IS, but I have since come across so many typos that it has spoiled the flow of Baker's superb writing. Wish I had not bought this second rate un-proofread copy. Be warned everybody!
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This is a book - well, books - with the most wonderful descriptions, but it is intense reading and I found it easier to dip in and out than to try to read right through. The introductions are very interesting too, and the diaries are perhaps useful pointers as to how someone with a similar love of nature and birds could keep a record of their experience. Recommended.
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Beautifully written but I do not have enough interest in or knowledge of birds to maintain interest in the book.
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Excellent copy and prompt delivery
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Such beautiful words. Such dedication.
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An excellent edition and one for the bedside locker for all of time.
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I haven't started to read the book, but I am outraged at the very poor quality of the publication. The paper is cheap, coarse and translucent to an insulting degree. You can see through every page quite clearly. The font is parsimononiiusly small. It is obvious that this book as an object simply will not survive the handling that one of such lyrical quality is likely to get in terms of lingering, rereading etc. I know that the quality of books has dropped but this is an insult for the money. In fact, I'm going to check to see whether other books by William Collins are this bad before buying any more material from them. A great disappointment. Hold out for a second hand cope from someone else if you can.
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