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The Book of the Barn Owl
03 Mar 2022 * EBOOK * £9.99 * 9781789544763

Sally Coulthard, bestselling natural history author, shines a light on the Barn Owl, one of the most mesmering and elusive icons of the countryside.

Non Fiction / WNCB (Natural History)
Extent: 208 pages  Illus: 25 integrated b&w
Exclusive: GB AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: CA US
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The Book of the Barn Owlby Sally Coulthard

Few of us know what goes on after dark, underneath the moon. Sally Coulthard shines a light on the Barn Owl, one of the most mesmerising and elusive icons of the countryside.

With its heart-shaped face and silent, graceful flight, the Barn Owl regularly tops the nation's list of favourite birds. A brief sighting is a thrill, hovering along a hedgerow or sweeping over a stubble field, but how much do we really know about this sublime tenant of the night? We humans, ever the egocentrics, fancy we see ourselves in the Barn Owl's big, baby eyes and quizzical tilt of the head. But the Barn Owl lives on a different plane – a yearly see-saw of feast and famine, companionship and solitude. It's a tough life – living in the shadows – but the Barn Owl has made it this far.

Sally Coulthard explores the hidden world of the Barn Owl. Full of fascinating insights, conservation advice and the latest research, this affectionate and timely guide also tells the story of a Barn Owl's early life – from first pip of the shell to leaving the nest – a fascinating time in this captivating creature's journey.

Sally Coulthard is a bestselling author of books about natural history and rural life including The Barn, A Short History of the World According to Sheep, The Book of the Earthworm, The Hedgehog Handbook and over twenty more titles. She lives on a Yorkshire smallholding which she shares with her husband, three girls and an assortment of unruly animals.

Gift-style book with charming illustrations, an addition to the series that includes THE BEE BIBLE and THE HEDGEHOG HANDBOOK.


Coulthard's previous books have sold rights in Poland, Germany, Netherlands and the US.

MARKET: The Hedgehog Handbook; The Bee Bible; The Book of the Earthworm; John Lewis-Stempel; Patrick Barkham; Matt Sewell.

'This book deserves a place in your bookcase next to Harari's Sapiens. It's every bit as fascinating and is surely destined to be just as successful' Julian Norton, on A Short History of the World According to Sheep.
'I thought I knew quite a bit about earthworms – until I picked up this charming little book' Nick Baker, on The Book of the Earthworm.
'Full of rich pickings ... Weaves together a detailed story that is full of fascinating social history' Independent, on A Short History of the World According to Sheep.
'We all want to help beleaguered bee and Sally Coulthard's latest book is a great place to start' Amateur Gardening, on The Bee Bible.
'Coulthard is a fine writer'
Yorkshire Times

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