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Reviews

  • A lavishly talented nature writer

    Wall Street Journal
  • A book about almost everything... The clarity, the verve and precision of his writing is perfect

    Tim Dee, author of The Running Sky
  • I'm in love with this book. If you like great writing, strange historical twists, adventure, nature, music and/or birds, this will quickly become one of your all-time favourite books

    Laurie Anderson
  • Captivating ... full of insights into not only our planet's evolutionary past but also its future

    Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday*****
  • A lavishly talented nature writer, [he] weaves a seamless narrative from the most diverse observations ... a master of descriptive nuance

    Wall Street Journal
  • Hugely entertaining and enlightening

    Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds
  • 'Utterly captivating and beautifully written, this book is a hugely entertaining and enlightening exploration of a bird so wickedly smart, curious, and social, it boggles the mind. Along the way, Meiburg takes us from the Falklands to the UK, from Guyana to the Antarctic and Florida, and from deep time to the present and back again, describing in brilliant language why these birds--and their planet--are the way they are. If you love birds, natural history, science, travel, adventure, or just great writing, you will be rapt'

    Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds
  • A book about almost everything... Meiburg tells the biggest of stories via the odd Falkland Islands' raptor, the Johnny Rook... The clarity, the verve and precision of his writing is perfect

    Tim Dee, author of The Running Sky
  • A fascinating, entertaining, and totally engrossing story of these under-appreciated birds, deftly intertwining natural history and human history, and with insights and lessons that go far beyond the subject birds

    David Sibley, author of What It's Like to Be a Bird
  • I'm in love with this book. If you like great writing, strange historical twists, adventure, nature, music and/or birds, this will quickly become one of your all-time favourite books

    Laurie Anderson, artist and musician

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