In a unique collaboration between the British Trust for Ornithology, Nature Photographers Ltd and William Collins, this beautiful book accompanies a new photographic competition celebrating some of the best bird photography of the year.
´´A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer´s world and its treacherous swamps.´´ --Los Angeles Times Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: ´´Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he´d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother´s shoulder, and said, ´Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.´´´
The year is 1667. Sir Francis Courteney and his son Hal are on patrol in their fighting caravel off the Agulhas Cape of Southern Africa. They are lying in wait for one of the treasure-laden galleons of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient. So begins a quest for adventure and the spoils of war that sweeps them from the settlement of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa to the Great Horn of Ethiopia far to the north--at a time when international maritime law permitted acts of piracy, rape, and murder otherwise punishable by death. Martin´s Press.
Britain´s Birds will be enjoyed and valued by everyone, from beginner to experienced birder. One of the most comprehensive, up-to-date and practical bird books of modern times, it features an unrivalled selection of photographs showing all the plumages you are likely to see. Focusing on identification, and containing maps, facts and figures on numbers and distributions, this breakthrough publication was devised by a team of lifelong birdwatchers, all with many years´ experience of showing people birds and producing user-friendly field guides.
´Without doubt the most arresting and original new young poet, on the page and in performance´ - Carol Ann Duffy A Sunday Times Book of the Year and New Zealand´s best-selling collection, from the unstoppable force behind such poems as ´Monica´ (the one from Friends) and ´Keats is Dead so F**k Me from Behind´ this impressive debut has established Hera Lindsay Bird as a good girl......with many beneficial thoughts and feelings...... with themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with the fantastic cream of who she is................juxtaposing many classical and modern breezes Bird turns her prescient eye on love and loss, and what emerges is like a helicopter in fog......or a bejewelled Christmas sleigh, gliding triumphantly through the contemporary aesthetic desert......... this is at once an intelligent and compelling fantasy of tenderness...... heart-breaking and charged with trees......without once sacrificing the forest............ whether you are masturbating luxuriously in your parents´ sleepout.......... ..........or pushing a pork roast home in a vintage pram................... this is the book for you............................................. heroically and compulsively stupid.................................................................. ...........................................................whipping you once again into medieval sunlight. PRAISE FOR HERA LINDSAY BIRD ´I think there´s a pretty strong case which suggests Hera Lindsay Bird is like the most exciting newish poet in NZ´ - Steve Braunias ´Hi, dear, we have to say how much we enjoyed, if right word, the Hate poem. Really made us think, loved the line about the ancient cannon´ - Text message from Ashleigh Young´s mum ´The wickedest problem in Hera Lindsay Bird is not sex but taste´ - John Newton
Following on from its hugely successful launch in 1999, Collins Bird Guide -- the ultimate reference book for bird enthusiasts -- now enters its second edition. With expanded text and additional colour illustrations, the second edition of the hugely successful Collins Bird Guide is a must for every birdwatcher. The book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, covering size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and illustrations showing the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding: whatever is important). In addition, each group of birds includes an introduction which covers the major problems involved in identifying or observing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which main species. These and many other common birdwatching questions are answered.The combination of definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, all in a single volume, makes this book the ultimate field guide, essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip.
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou´s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local ´´powhitetrash.´´ At eight years old and back at her mother´s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age-and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (´´I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare´´) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. ´´I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.´´-James Baldwin
A compelling short story from Joe KING, that depicts the lives of a working class family, and how it can all fall apart when given the right set of circumstances. A story of trust, hope, despair and how relationships within the family unit are interdependent on each other for a healthy, and a brighter future! When Josie´s failed relation leads her on a journey of overeating and tremendous weight gain, she finds solace in an unlikely friend. A Robin, she names, the fat bird. After a one night stand with her ex-boyfriend, she not only realises she is pregnant, but now faces the prospect of raising her child alone. Her parents relationship is also falling apart, and they too must try to come to terms with the prospect of divorce. Josie´s father has also been overindulging for many years, and he too faces a bleak future with his weight-gain now putting his job at risk. All three must now try to find a path in life which can bring them back from the brink of a complete family melt down, or face a destiny only reserved for those on a path of self-destruction, and ultimately...death. Can a family turn back the clock and overcome their failings towards each other? And more importantly, to themselves! Is blood thicker than water? Or will fate intervene, and take them on a journey they were always meant to take!