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Birdsong in a Time of Silence

Steven Lovatt

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01 June 2021
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A lyrical celebration of birdsong against the backdrop of the global pandemic A lyrical celebration of birdsong, and the rekindling of a deep passion for nature.

At this time of year, blackbirds never simply fly- instead, like reluctantly retired officers, they're always 'on manoeuvres', and it's easy to see from their constant agitation that for them every flower bed is a bunker, every shed a redoubt and every hedge-bottom a potential place of ambush As the world went silent in lockdown, something else happened; for the first time, many of us started becoming more aware of the spring sounds of the birds around us. Birdsong in a Time of Silence is a lyrical, uplifting reflection on these sounds and what they mean to us.

From a portrait of the blackbird - most prominent and articulate of the early spring singers - to explorations of how birds sing, the science behind their choice of song and nest-sites, and the varied meanings that people have brought to and taken from birdsong, this book ultimately shows that natural history and human history cannot be separated. It is the story of a collective reawakening brought on by the strangest of springs.
By:   Steven Lovatt
Imprint:   Particular Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   285g
ISBN:   9780241493007
ISBN 10:   0241493005
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 June 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Steven Lovatt is a birder, writer, critic and teacher, based in South Wales. This is his first book.

Reviews for Birdsong in a Time of Silence

This is a joyous and profound meditation on birdsong and what it means to us, a book that brings to life an essential part of the natural world that most of us take so much for granted that we scarcely notice it -- PD Smith * Guardian (Book of the Day) * Lovatt's approach is fresh, joyful and uncomplicated. Birdsong in a Time of Silence recalls a spring we will never forget but also reminds us that the pandemic grew out of our disregard for nature, and could presage ecological disaster -- Nicola Chester * Financial Times * This is a lyrical, exhilarating work of utter loveliness * Saga * Beautifully observed... exhilaratingly original... [Written with] exquisite prose that soars as high as his beloved birds -- Bel Mooney * Daily Mail *


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