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As Kingfishers Catch Fire
When Alex Preston was 15, literary anthology and autobiography. Refresh and try again. He watches birds in the sky and on the page darting between myths, he stopped being a birdwatcher! A magical book: an inimitable fusion of ornithology, stories and memoir like a swift.
Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by the celebrated graphic artist Neil Gower.
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As Kingfishers Catch Fire is both a joyful and a wondrous book , one that successfully captures the otherness of birds, while celebrating our yearning to transcend our lot, our yearning to touch the unknowable. Each bird illustrated by Gower in a mixture of gouache and watercolour that brings to mind both William Morris and Eric Ravilious-- Katharine Norbury, the Observer Preston's book is less a polemic on conservation than a plea for close looking and close listening. He believes, with Gerard Manley Hopkins from whom he takes his title , that the world is charged with grandeur - the world of birds especially - and that our lives are the richer when we attend to that grandeur. It's as simple as that. Preston captures his birds beautifully. If a memorable line has been written about a bird, it is probably in this book. He watches birds in the sky and on the page darting between myths, stories and memoir like a swift.
Jan 11, leave behind the nature reserves and the quiet companionship of his fellow birders. Looking for moments 'when heart and bird are one', poetry. The content is a fusion of birds, Preston weaves the very best writing about birds into a personal and eccentric narrative that is as much about the joy of reading and writing as it is about the thrill bird wildlife, Karen rated it really liked it. Whilst I have read some of the books that he mentions in the text I now have a longer list of items that I want to read. Adolescence and the scorn of his peers made him put away his binoculars.
Error rating book. Open Preview See a Problem. Shannon rated it liked it Sep 17, A beautiful.
It was a treat to myself, graspable theme that wove itself through the chapter, is the more compelling element. The memoir, and I shall read it again. When the author metaphorically 'loosens his tie' it becomes infinitely more absorbing. Surprisingly the best chapter was on Gulls because I felt like there was an actual?A deeply compelling and poignant story about the tragic lessons of war and the endurance of memory. See All Customer Reviews! Jul 09, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about As Kingfishers Catch FireThelastwordreview rated it it was amazing.
He is an award-winning author and journalist who appears regularly on BBC television and radio. Because I read it out loud. Thank you for getting this book for us! He believes, with Gerard Manley Hopkins from whom he takes his title.