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As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Books & Birds

A litererary bird-spotters' delight!

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 of wildlife. Moving from the ‘high requiem’ of Keats’s nightingale to the crow-strewn sky at the end of Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, from Ted Hughes’s brooding ‘Hawk in the Rain’ to the giddy anthropomorphism of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, this is a book that will make you look at birds, at the world, in a newer, richer light.

Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by the celebrated graphic artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a book to love and to hold, to return to again and again, to marvel at the way that authors across the centuries have captured the endless grace and variety of birds.

We've made a limited number of special feather bookmarks to accompany copies of the book.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire costs £25. Postage in the UK: £6. Stop in while supplies of signed copies are available, or use the button below to order a copy posted to you - you can pay with a Paypal account or a credit or debit card.