Reviews

  • "This is a uniquely beautiful and engrossing volume, absolutely drenched in knowledge and love - and more loaded with narrative than any wildlife book I’ve encountered before. It has literature, history, philosophy, folklore, travelogue, biography... Anyone who is interested in natural history will want a copy."

    Jim Crace
  • "Birds and People is one of the great naturalist books of our time."

    Christopher Hart, Sunday Times
  • "Full of intense pleasure."

    Derwent May, The Times
  • "A sumptuous encyclopedia of humanity’s relationship with birds."

    Sunday Times
  • "Encyclopedic and spellbinding… The sparkling prose never flags, and it is marvelously illustrated by the photographs of David Tipling."

    Independent
  • "Sumptuous and poignantBirds and People is a beautiful anthem to the history and diversity of the relationship between birds and human beings."

    Ruth Padel, Independent
  • "If ever a book was timely, it is this gorgeously produced 600-page compendium of ornith- logical facts, images, myths and narratives."

    John Burnside, New Statesman
  • "David Tipling’s photographs…are irresistible. They are a feast of colour, history, display and insight… This treasure possesses the timelessness and the authority of a genuine magnum opus. It is encyclopaedic in its reach, covering birds in art, literature, dress, heraldry, industry, commerce, cooking, hunting, farming, philosophy, folklore and delight. It stretches way beyond natural history, but that is in there too. A book for all birds and all people."

    John Lister-Kaye, Scotland on Sunday
  • "In 600 pages enlivened with David Tipling’s photographs, Mark Cocker has built a magnificent avian ark: a book of everything birdy and birdish, and worth saving from countless and enduring entanglements with Homo sapiensThese pages are rich, sustaining and magically suggestive – all at the same time."

    Tim Dee, BBC Wildlife
  • "Birds and People is primarily a way of looking at our own complex history, through the prism of nature. It is also a beautiful volume, not least because of David Tipling’s excellent photographs… The results are stunning."

    Stephen Moss, Sunday Telegraph

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