Reviews

  • "<b>Moss’s prettily illustrated book is full of such curiosities.</b> Gratifyingly, though, it steers clear of becoming a dry deluge of facts, a pitfall of so much ornithological writing… Moss, a nature broadcaster and a lecturer in creative writing, is a good storyteller, seamlessly linking biological fact with the anecdotal… <b>There is no doubt that Moss’s book, with its charming cover and quaint illustrations, will make it into many a stocking this year.</b> Yet, this is far more than a book for Christmas. There is a serious message here. <b>The more we learn about our favourite bird, the more we realise how much we don’t know</b>. This gulf is evidence of how we have become distanced from the natural world… Moss’s charming paean to this bird that lives hard and dies young reminds us that it deserves to be more than a whimsical symbol of festive cheer"

    The Times