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A set of new stunning books from Vintage Classics all on nature writing books, The Birds and the Bees, have been recently published.

The covers have been illustrated by Glasgow-based studio Timorous Beasties, the Scottish studio famous for their designs inspired by the natural world. Art directed by Suzanne Dean at Vintage, making them a beautiful gift for others or yourself!

 

Vintage Classics

Flapped paperbacks | £9.99 each

A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Bee Journal by Sean Borodale

Crow Country by Mark Cocker

The Running Sky by Tim Dee

 

 

 

 

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. Years later, when her father died, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals. Her story is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald’s struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk’s taming and her own untaming.

WINNER OF THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE AND THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘It just sings. I couldn’t stop reading’ Mark Haddon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bee Journal by Sean Borodale

Bee Journal is a poem-journal of beekeeping that chronicles the life of the hive. It observes the living architecture of the comb, the range and locality of the colony; its flights, flowers, water sources, parasites, lives and deaths. Because of its genesis as a working journal, there is here an unusual intimacy and scrutiny of life and death in nature.

The language is dense and clotted, the imagery thrillingly fresh, and the observing eye close, scrupulous and full of wonder.

‘Sean Borodale is without doubt the most exciting new poet I have read since Alice Oswald. His Bee Journal raises the bar for us all and announces a thrilling new voice in British poetry’ Carol Ann Duffy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson

As a small boy, Dave Goulson was obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets to his ill-fated experiments with taxidermy. But it was the bumblebee that fascinated him the most. The short-haired bumblebee is now extinct in the UK, but still lives in the wilds of New Zealand, descended from a few queen bees shipped over in the nineteenth century. With ground-breaking research into these curious creatures, A Sting in the Tale tells the story of Goulson’s passionate drive to reintroduce them to their native land.

‘Goulson’s case for the importance of bumblebees will live long in my memory for its sheer passion and scientific detail’ Shami Chakrabarti, Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crow Country by Mark Cocker

One night Mark Cocker followed the roiling, deafening flock of rooks and jackdaws which regularly passed over his Norfolk home on their way to roost in the Yare valley. From the moment he watched the multitudes blossom as a mysterious dark flower above the woods, these gloriously commonplace birds were unsheathed entirely from their ordinariness. They became for Cocker a fixation and a way of life. Journeying across Britain, experiencing spectacular failures alongside magical successes and epiphanies, Cocker uncovers the mysteries of these birds’ inner lives.

‘Luminously beautiful and dartingly intelligent, Cocker’s obsessive quest after the ancient trails of rooks across our dusk skies leads to an almost sacred space: a place where the landscape of the imagination and the lovingly, minutely observed realities of the natural world come to roost together’ Richard Mabey

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Running Sky by Tim Dee

Beginning in summer with clouds of breeding seabirds in Shetland and ending with crepuscular nightjars like giant moths in the heart of England, Tim Dee maps his own observations and encounters over four decades of tracking birds across the globe.

He tells of near-global birds like sparrows, starlings and ravens, and exotic species, like electrically coloured hummingbirds in California and bee-eaters and broadbills in Africa. Dee restores us to the primacy of looking, and takes us outside, again and again, to marvel at what is flying about us.

‘The Running Sky has the makings of a classic. It’s beautifully written, extraordinarily vigilant, and very moving. Most remarkable of all, it manages to give a sense of the bird world as being something which embraces and contains our own – which means that, as we read it, we learn a lot about ourselves as well as the fellow creatures flying through, over and around our own lives’ Andrew Motion

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