Mark Cocker is an author, naturalist and environmental activist whose eleven books include works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir. His book Crow Country was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2008 and won the New Angle Prize for Literature in 2009. With the photographer David Tipling he published Birds and People in 2013, a massive survey described by the Times Literary Supplement as 'a major literary event as well as an ornithological one'. His most recent book, Our Place- Can We Save Britain's Wildlife Before It Is Too Late?, was described by the Sunday Times as 'impassioned, expert and always beautifully written... a sobering and magnificent work'.
Being a naturalist, Cocker's great strength is in the breadth of his senses: his essays seem to cover almost everything he has seen, heard or smelled in the land around his home. He writes clearly, and with a style that has a ring of poetry about it without being pretentious or precious... Spending time with his acutely observant essays will convince many readers that the Great Barrier Reef and vast jungles of Africa can be understood best only by first understanding the startling drama, diversity and complicated natural dynamics of a humble corner of Britain. * Spectator * If you already know Mark Cocker's work, you'll need no persuading to buy this - if you don't, treat yourself to a very fine collection of nature essays. -- Matt Merritt and David Chandler * Bird Watching, *Book of the Month* * A master of short-form writing... Cocker combines forensic observation of minutiae with grander universal truths... Exquisite essential reading. * BBC Wildfire * Wonderful. * The Simple Things * A Claxton Diary is a collection of his [Cocker's] finest essays written on wildlife and encounters with nature. * UK Press Syndication *