Reviews

  • The remarkable story of one man's heroic quest to save the astonishing fish owl. If only every endangered species had a guardian angel as impassioned, courageous and pragmatic as Jonathan Slaght.

    Isabella Tree, author of 'Wilding'
  • Slaght's story reveals the patience and determination of a true conservationist. And the ears and eyes of a poet. Above all, he makes the people, wildlife and landscape of the Russian Far East come alive for armchair travellers. I haven't enjoyed a book on remote Russia as much as this since Ian Frazier's Travels in Siberia

    Sophy Roberts, author of The Lost Pianos of Siberia
  • True epic. A powerful, passionate and highly readable reflection on the wildness both inside us and out there in the forest.

    author of 'Being a Beast', Charles Foster
  • An absorbing and gripping account of the author's obsessive quest to save one of the world's most magnificent birds.

    Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex and author of A Sting in the Tale
  • Unforgettable ... Slaght's observations of the landscape and the elusive giant owl are filled with a sense of wonder. This is both nature and travel writing at their finest.

    Joshua Hammer, author of 'The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu'
  • A fascinating account of one man's quest to conserve the magnificent fish owl of Eastern Asia, this is a book that feels both urgent and relevant.

    Christopher Skaife, author of The Ravenmaster
  • It's said that there are two kinds of great stories-a stranger comes to town, and a person goes on a journey. Slaght's brilliant book is the latter, a gripping tale of his quest to find-and save-one of the world's most magnificent creatures. Along the way, we get a rare inside view of a land, a people, an elusive owl, and ultimately, the human spirit. Anyone who loves birds, science, travel, or just a riveting read will love this book.

    Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds
  • A thoroughly engaging read which will appeal both to those specifically interested in owls, as well as those with a wider interest in the natural world. Will make armchair and keyboard conservationists envious and uncomfortable in equal measures

    John Gray, The International Owl Society
  • From the very first pages, Slaght grips readers with vivid language and tight storytelling ... The cast of characters he brings to life - both human and avian - illuminate the delicate symbiosis of the natural world and shed a welcome light on the remarkable creatures that are too little known. Top-notch nature writing in service of a magnificent, vulnerable creature.

    Kirkus
  • A detailed and thrilling account of efforts to conserve an endangered species. . . Slaght evinces humor, tirelessness, and dedication in relating the hard and crucial work of conservation. Readers will be drawn to this exciting chronicle of science and adventure, a demonstration that wilderness can still be found.

    Publishers Weekly

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