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Sunday, November 25, 2007

The latest Simon Barnes

Anyone who has enjoyed Simon Barnes excellent "How to be a Bad Birdwatcher" and "A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion" will no doubt be keen to get hold of a copy of his new offering, "How to be wild".

The synopsis on amazon reads
:

We are all wild. It's just that civilisation keeps getting in the way. And the more civilised we become, the more we need the wild: wild places, wild creatures, and wild experiences. As every one who has patted a dog, smelled a rose, taken a walk, or even had a drink in the garden well knows, humans have a soul-deep need for non-human forms of life. This book is about pushing our birthright of wildness just that little bit further. In "How to be Wild", Barnes takes us on a journey through a year, from one raucous spring to the next - with sparrows and flying squirrels, blackbirds and elephants, badgers, butterflies and mosquitoes, as his companions. And again and again, in myriad different ways, he helps us to realise an essential truth: that by enjoying the wild world, by saving the wild world, by seeking to understand the wild world, our own lives become richer and more satisfying. That is what being wild means.


Barnes is an entertaining writer and it will make a good christmas presenter for those interested in wildlife.

It's now out and I'll have to get a copy.

4 comments:

oldcrow61 said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. I agree whole heartily with this man. Will have to put this book on my wish list.

Mary said...

"As every one who has patted a dog, smelled a rose, taken a walk, or even had a drink in the garden well knows, humans have a soul-deep need for non-human forms of life."

I love this.

How to be Wild.

Need to check it out. Thanks, Pete!

ocean and forest walks said...

I am already a bad birdwatcher ..don't need that one!lol.

Tricia said...

Have got both his first two books and thoroughly enjoyed them!