The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Hardback (25 Mar 2021)

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Synopsis

'Wondering and wonderful. The nature book of the year.' JOHN LEWIS-STEMPEL
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Come to the forest, sit by the fireside and listen to intoxicating song, as Sam Lee tells the story of the nightingale.

Every year, as darkness falls upon woodlands, the nightingale heralds the arrival of Spring. Throughout history, its sweet song has inspired musicians, writers and artists around the world, from Germany, France and Italy to Greece, Ukraine and Korea.

Here, passionate conservationist, renowned musician and folk expert Sam Lee tells the story of the nightingale. This book reveals in beautiful detail the bird's song, habitat, characteristics and migration patterns, as well as the environmental issues that threaten its livelihood.

From Greek mythology to John Keats, to Persian poetry and 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', Lee delves into the various ways we have celebrated the nightingale through traditions, folklore, music, literature, from ancient history to the present day. The Nightingale is a unique and lyrical portrait of a famed yet elusive songbird.
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'Sam Lee has brought the poetic magic that has long enchanted so many of his musical fans into the written word. Allow yourself to glimpse the world Sam sees, to be part of his love affair with the nightingale, and you will no doubt be delighted.' LILY COLE

'A wonderful book.' STEPHEN MOSS

'A magical marriage of the lyrical and practical: a book that makes us want to seek out the nightingale and then reveals how we can.' TRISTAN GOOLEY

About the Publisher

Century

Century

Century was founded in 1981 and immediately established itself as an exceptionally dynamic publisher of bestselling authors, a tradition continued to this day. The Century list includes brand-name novelists such as James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Jewell and Katie Fforde, and we are also proud to be publishing compelling and powerful debut novels such as Wool by Hugh Howey and Until You?re Mine by Samantha Hayes. Century's diverse non-fiction list includes Sunday Times bestseller Ross Kemp and autobiographies from major celebrities such as Rod Stewart, Peter Kay, Dawn French, James Corden, Eric Clapton and David Jason, and a broad range of exceptional non-fiction writing from authors such as Richard Bacon, Duncan Hamilton, and Christopher Sykes.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529124835
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Century
Pub date:
DEWEY: 598.842
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 2695
Number of pages: xi, 226
Weight: 528g
Height: 148mm
Width: 210mm
Spine width: 28mm