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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; Reprint edition (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408194074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408194072
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Jameson... has skillfully stiched together a narrative that reveals the highs and lows of conservation, and will, I am sure, convince many that the good fight is still worth it. Birdwatch A clear and concise historical overview of the failures and successes of the conservation movement since the 1960s; and it will rightly find a place on many a conservationist's bookshelf.' -- British Birds

'In Silent Spring Revisited, Conor Mark Jameson's vividly told, beautifully written account of the environmentalist movement of the last fifty years and his own involvement in it, the author takes his place among the pre-eminent nature writers of our times. His clear, vivid writing skillfully weaves political and cultural history, personal observation and passionate advocacy for the conservation of our diminishing wildlife to create a book that will endure in the annals of natural history.' -- Marie Winn, author of Red-Tails in Love and Central Park in the Dark

'Your book was riveting. It gave rise to several different emotions within me, Sadness/anger/despair/frustration/enthusiasm. Wonderfully written, intersperced with humour. Factual - it must have taken you forever to do the research. Cracking good stuff and needed to be said. All you need to do now is to get everyone who matters to read it.' --John McGlashan, Farmer

About the Author

Conor Mark Jameson has written for The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, The Ecologist, Africa Geographic, New Zealand's Wilderness magazine, Birdwatch and Birdwatching magazines and has been a scriptwriter for the BBC Natural History Unit. He is a columnist and feature writer for Birds magazine, and has worked in conservation for 20 years, in the UK and abroad. He was born in Uganda to Irish parents, brought up in Scotland, and now lives in England. He lives in a village an hour north of London, with a garden that Google Earth indicates may be reverting to woodland.


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I've been familiar with some of Conor Mark Jameson's writing in Birds Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Guardian and was really looking forward to reading this.

I wasn't disappointed. The book - while covering some important stuff - is totally accessible and a delight to read.

Personal and poignant moments are combined with the history of Rachel Carson's work and the importance of her legacy today. At times moving, at times lyrical, this book combines serious fact and comment with some unique insights that reveal Jameson's genuine passion for our planet and the wildlife that walks upon or flies above it.

The accessibility and compelling nature of this book has inspired me to find out more about the history of environmentalism and how it affects the landscape we have now.

Highly recommended - for anyone who just loves a good read, as well natural history writing fans, bird and wildlife lovers, countryside aficionados and conservationists.
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So, not having read a book for pleasure in an age I wasn't expecting to turn this book around in a short space of time - but that's what happened. This book is a great read - it does so many things without you really noticing - it engages, entertains, informs and even inspires - encourages you to lift your head from the pages and take a second to think about your surroundings. It's not pompous or pious about the environment, but reminds you of your place in a greater story.
The author's voice is writ large over this book and provides much of the central colour. His passion for the subject matter is clear, but communicated in a way that is inclusive. I think this book is a good read for all - but will be particularly appreciated by those with an interest in nature - whether walker, gardener, traveller or fully fledged conservationist.
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Compelling reading for anyone who has a concern about the future of life on earth. Not being a bird watcher, I haven't followed the specific loses of birds but to me the general disappearance of our wildlife has been unmissable. This book very gently relieves the current health of nature, not only in the UK but across the interconnected world. Using birds as a barometer it suggests realistic changes to come; offering possible reasons for declines, highlighting hurdles for improvements; yet, rightfully, never losing a sense of hope.
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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.
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This well researched book gives a detailed history of conservation over the last half century, including the author's own research into our lost birds. Yet it is much more than an account. It is brought to vivid life by the inspiring and sometimes poignant personal stories of the author who has spent his life championing birds nationally and internationally. The book is beautifully written with memorable descriptions: a dipper's song carried down a river; a frozen bird under a bridge; the bleak landscapes and destroyed hedgerows of East Anglia, which contrast sharply with the hedgerows of the author's neighbourhood, which as a parish councillor, he and other hedge laying volunteers have laid themselves. In my opinion Silent Spring Revisted is an important, well written book.
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This book is excellent. Apart from being very interesting and easy to read it also draws together lots of strands, particularly historical ones. `How we came to be where we are' is going to be an invaluable lesson to those who want/need to plan where to go next. There are also some echoes of childhood in Lowland Scotland which (in my opinion) hit the spot.
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By ANG on 13 April 2013
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This is a hopeful book, despite the seemingly hopeless situation we find ourselves in, where we appear to be in danger of destroying the earth with our need for profits. Once we become aware of the damage we are doing and try to reverse it, it looks as if the earth can recover to some extent. I have my doubts, but we should certainly try. The author gives charming anecdotes, as well as disturbing facts. There is a surprising lack of anger on his part about the destruction he has witnessed. A very balanced account, and an interesting and enjoyable read, albeit disturbing. A wry smile for all the politicians who instigate enquiries then disregard the advice the taxpayer has been called upon to finance. Very worthwhile read for anyone who cares about the environment, and we all should.
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