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Head of Zeus
The Meaning of Birds
The Meaning of Birds by Simon Barnes

One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, The Wisdom of Birds muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese, and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich.

From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon Barnes explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird – and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life.

Head of Zeus * Natural History
08 Sep 2016 * 352pp * £8.99 * 9781784970697
'Finely illustrated and wonderfully tactile, Barnes ranges from pheasant and buzzard to vulture and great auk in this packed birding tome'
NFU Countryside
'Barnes' fascination with the avian world is at the heart of this book, a passion shared through engaging, often lively and always conversational text'
BBC Wildlife
'Simon frequently relaxes his prose, allowing the words to breathe a little more, in a manner appropriate to his subjects ... He is a fine professional writer who enjoys his craft'
Bird Watch
'A well written, heartfelt book about the wonders of birds ... a real pleasure to read. It is a book that can be dipped into without losing anything, and most importantly conveys his deep passion for his subject'
Nudge Book
'Eclectic and often witty volume that aims to show how birds live their lives and in doing so, how they've touched on ours'
BBC Countryfile (Great gifts for book lovers this Christmas)
A celebration of birds and how they help us understand the world we live in'
Nature's Home
'A wise and witty celebration of birds'
The Countryman
'He has an eye for the telling detail ... a very attractive range of reference ... More seriously, he has particularly important points to make about the way birds define places and are in turn defined by them, about the deep human responses to birdsong and the avian capacity for flight, and about our special fascination with raptors'
'Barnes infuses this playful, conversational exploration of the relationship of birds to humanity with a sense of well-informed wonder ... This is a generous volume in which Barnes unabashedly shares his affinity for "anyone with birding in the blood"'
Publishers Weekly
A heartfelt celebration of birds - and of their ability to draw us into the world beyond humanity'
Reader's Digest
'A thought-provoking account of why birds are as essential to our pleasure as they are necessary for our survival ... Highly readable ... I really enjoyed Simon Barnes' writing style'
Cage & Aviary Birds

Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes
Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning former chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the author of over 20 books, including the bestselling How to be a Bad Birdwatcher.
The Wisdom of Trees
The Meaning of Birds
The Lucky Dog Weight Loss Plan
The Hedgehog Handbook
The Little Book of Snow
The Chimpanzee & Me
Life at Walnut Tree Farm
The Hare and the Moon
Flowers of the Field
Trees of Life
The Bee Bible
A Short History of the World According to Sheep
The Book of the Earthworm
The Story of Life in 10½ Chapters
The Heath