1 Tahrcountry Musings: Book Recommendation

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Book Recommendation

Birds & People by Mark Cocker
Photography: David Tipling

Here is a remarkable book by Mark Cocker -- the UK's finest living nature writer -- and David Tipling -- one of the best bird photographers in the world. The book gives insight in to the relationship between birds and humankind, with contributions from bird enthusiasts from round the world. In his introduction, Cocker states, “This is an unusual bird book, in that it is as much about humans as it is about birds.”

The blurb states “ Part natural history and part cultural study, it describes and maps the entire spectrum of our engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics and the environment. In the end, this is a book as much about us as it is about birds. Birds and People are also exceptional in that the author has solicited contributions from people worldwide. Personal anecdotes and stories have come from more than 650 individuals in 81 different countries. They range from university academics to Mongolian eagle hunters and from Amerindian shamans to some of the most celebrated writers of our age. The sheer multitude of voices in this global chorus means that Birds and People is both a source book on why we cherish birds and a powerful testament to their importance for all humanity”.
Sunday Times described the book like this "A sumptuous encyclopedia of humanity's relationship with birds."
·         Hardcover: 592 pages
·         Publisher: RHUK (1 August 2013)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0224081748
·         ISBN-13: 978-0224081740
·         Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22.4 x 4.6 cm

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