Jaqueline Mitchell is a writer and compiler of anthologies, specialising in social and cultural history, and an editor of non-fiction. Eric Fitch Daglish (1894-1966) was a wood engraver and illustrator. His book, 'Birds of the British Isles', was published in 1948.
For centuries, birds have inspired the abiding interest of writers, and it's easy to see why. . . . Studying birds inevitably leads to interest in a hundred other vivid realities of the natural world. That relationship resonates throughout the pages of Birds: An Anthology. . . Birds is really about the birds of the English countryside and how these flying wonders and their surrounding landscape shape each other. Among the standouts are contributions from Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, George Eliot and Daniel Defoe. -- Danny Heitman * Wall Street Journal * This is exactly the sort of book to have nearby when you're simply looking to relax and enjoy the power of the written word - as well as the sight of a well-wrought woodcut - to carry you away to somewhere peaceful and filled with birds. * The Well-Read Naturalist *