An exploration of birds in literature, from Ovid to Ted Hughes, and one of the Guardian's 'Best Nature Books' of 2017, written by novelist Alex Preston with stunning illustrations by graphic artist Neil Gower. Alex and Neil will be in conversation with author Andy Miller (The Year of Reading Dangerously). Expect a fascinating and amusing blend of ornithology, literary anthology and much more.
Alex appears regularly on BBC radio and television. His published novels are This Bleeding City; The Revelations; and In Love and War; he writes for GQ, Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country Magazine as well as for the Observer’s New Review. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Kent and runs regular Guardian Masterclasses.
'...both a joyful and wondrous book, one that successfully captures the otherness of birds, while celebrating our yearning to transcend our lot.' The Observer
'A magical book: an inimitable fusion of ornithology, literary anthology and autobiography.' Tom Holland