A Sweet, Wild Note

A Sweet, Wild Note What We Hear When the Birds Sing

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Synopsis

A Guardian 'Readers' Choice' Best Book of 2017

Birdsong is woven into our culture, our emotions, our landscape; it is the soundtrack to our world. We have tried to capture this fleeting, ephemeral beauty, and the feelings it inspires, for millennia.

In this fascinating account, Richard Smyth asks what it is about birdsong that we so love. Exploring the myriad ways in which it has influenced literature, music, science and our very ideas of what it means to be British, Smyth's nuanced investigation shows that what we hear says as much about us, our dreams and desires, as it does about the birds and their songs.

At a time when our birdsong is growing quieter, with fewer voices, more thinly spread, A Sweet, Wild Note is a celebration of the complex relationships between birds, people and the land; it is also a passionate call to arms lest our trees and hedgerows fall silent.

Book information

ISBN: 9781783963157
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson
Imprint: Elliott & Thompson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 598.1594
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 1 online resource (xvii, 190 )
Weight: -1g