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A Bird, an Ocean, and a Long Way Home

Roger Morgan-Grenville



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Icon Books
16 June 2021
Ten weeks into its life, a Manx shearwater chick will emerge from its burrow and fly 8,000 miles from the west coast of the British Isles to the South Atlantic. It will be unlikely to touch land again for four years.

Part memoir, part homage to wilderness, Shearwater traces the author's 50-year obsession with one of nature's supreme travellers. In the finest tradition of nature writing, Roger Morgan-Grenville, author of Liquid Gold - described by Mary Colwell (Curlew Moon) as 'a book that ignites joy and warmth' - unpicks the science behind its incredible journey; and into the story of a year in the shearwater's life, he threads the inspirational influence of his Hebridean grandmother who instilled in him a love of wild places and wild animals.

Full of lightly-worn knowledge, acute human observation and self-deprecating humour, Shearwater brings to life a truly mysterious and charismatic bird.
By:   Roger Morgan-Grenville
Imprint:   Icon Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781785787201
ISBN 10:   1785787209
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   16 June 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Roger Morgan-Grenville was a soldier from 1978-86 and later helped to set up the charity Help for Heroes, acting as its first head fundraiser. He is also the author of Liquid Gold: Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey (Icon, 2020).

Reviews for Shearwater: A Bird, an Ocean, and a Long Way Home

'Charming and impassioned ... a rich tribute to an extraordinary bird.' -- Horatio Clare, author of A Single Swallow and Heavy Light 'A truly lovely book.' -- Mary Colwell, author of Curlew Moon 'This is wonderful: written with light and love. A tonic for these times.' -- Stephen Rutt, author of The Seafarers: A Journey Among Birds 'A delightful account of a lifelong passion for seabirds.' -- Stephen Moss, naturalist and author of The Swallow: A Biography 'A memoir lit by wry humour and vivid prose.' -- Brian Jackman, author of Wild About Britain

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