Author(s): Simon Barnes
A gorgeously illustrated and enchanting examination of the lives of birds, illuminating their wondrous world and our connection with them. One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, The Meaning of Birds muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese, and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich. From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon Barnes explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird--and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life.
'Finely illustrated and wonderfully tactile, Barnes ranges from pheasant and buzzard to vulture and great auk in this packed birding tome' NFU Countryside. 'Barnes' fascination with the avian world is at the heart of this book, a passion shared through engaging, often lively and always conversational text' BBC Wildlife. 'Simon frequently relaxes his prose, allowing the words to breathe a little more, in a manner appropriate to his subjects ... He is a fine professional writer who enjoys his craft' Bird Watch.
Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning former chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the author of over 20 books, including the bestselling How to be a Bad Birdwatcher.