Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? 200 birds, 12 months, 1 lapsed birdwatcher Hardcover – 17 May 2018
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"The loveliest book about birdwatching you will ever read" (Emma Kennedy, author of THE TENT, THE BUCKET AND ME)
"Hilariously honest ... Lev Parikian has a fine line in description and a musician's ear for birdsong" (Sam West)
About the Author
Lev Parikian is a writer, conductor and hopeless birdwatcher. His first book, Waving, Not Drowning, was published in 2013. His numerous conducting credits include the re-recording of the theme tune for Hancock’s Half Hour for Radio 4. As a birdwatcher, his most prized sightings are a golden oriole in the Alpujarras and a black redstart at Dungeness Power Station.
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Not only is this book informative about birds, it is also full of humour, fun and exasperation of not seeing that elusive 'next on the list before the end of the year'. Mr Parikian's style of writing is witty, relaxed and personal; drawing the reading in, month by month, not only to his running around the country trying to fit in bird-watching and his career with family (a gargantuan task for this very talented man - but somehow he manages it). Over the length of the book, the reader is invited into his childhood, briefly touching on his relationships with his parents and his brother ... and to why he is a 'lapsed' bird-watcher.
The book is set over twelve months and I limited myself to one month a day - as I wanted to make this journey last; I actually had to force myself to put the book down and stop reading!
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a passing interest in birds, because once you have read it, who knows? You may be haring off to the local park to see if you can spot that elusive bird, singing so loudly in the bushes - only to find it has disappeared.
The author weaves in delightful descriptions of birds and trying to find them with personal anecdotes, humour, and music. It's all very accessible, too, even if you don't know a robin from a redstart, or your Strauss from your Mahler.
I don't usually laugh out loud when I read books, even ones that are comedic, but this book had me laughing out loud in several places. Funny footnotes, too.
It made me laugh, it made me cry! Its a real story - not a novel and has so much to offer about family life, non family life - and birds of course. One friend said it made her want to go out and become a birdwatcher!
Buy it for your friends for Christmas. It is so easy to read, and very funny too.