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This review is from: Crow Country (Paperback)
As a youngster I used to be a keen ornithologist but, on reaching my teens, birds of the non-feathered variety captured my attention instead.
So, seeing this book in my local Waterstone's (sorry Amazon) I was fascinated and felt compelled to discover how a book of 200+ pages could be written soley about crows. Put simply, the book isn't just about crows (it focuses more on rooks and jackdaws) but is a celebration of the rural countryside of Britain combined with healthy chunks describing the domestic events within the Cocker household. The book is none the worse for that though, it just serves to illustrate the way our hectic everyday lives are inextricably linked to the natural world around us.
Indeed, whilst recently waiting to collect my Son from school I noticed for the first time the multitude of rooks and their ubiquitous Jackdaw companions. They have undoubtedly been present overhead whenever I've waited by the school gates - I'd just never noticed them before. That's the great thing about Mark Cocker's writing - it's served as the catalyst that's re-awakened my interest in the natural beauty surrounding me, beauty that I've overlooked for far too long.
A very atmospheric and evocative book, recommended.