The Seabird's Cry by Adam NicolsonThe Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicolson

The Seabird's Cry

byAdam Nicolson

Hardcover | July 18, 2017

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The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire - beautifully illustrated by artist Kate Boxer.'I was entranced. It is a work that takes wing in the mind' ROBERT MACFARLANESeabirds have always entranced the human imagination and Adam Nicolson has been in love with them all his life: for their mastery of wind and ocean, their aerial beauty and the unmatched wildness of the coasts and islands where every summer they return to breed.Over the last couple of decades, modern science has begun to understand them: their epic voyages, their astonishing abilities to navigate for tens of thousands of miles on a featureless sea, their ability to smell their way towards fish and home. Only the poets in the past would have thought of seabirds as creatures riding the ripples and currents of the planet, but that is what the scientists are seeing now too.In ten chapters, each dedicated to a different bird, and each beautifully illustrated by Kate Boxer, The Seabird's Cry travels the ocean paths along with them, looking at the way their bodies work, the sense of their own individuality, the strategies and tactics needed to survive and thrive in the most demanding environment on earth.At the heart of the book are the Shiant Isles, a cluster of Hebridean islands in the Minch but Nicolson has pursued the birds much further - across the Atlantic, up the west coast of Ireland, to St Kilda, Orkney, Shetland, the Faeroes, Iceland and Norway; to the eastern seaboard of Maine and to Newfoundland, to the Falklands, South Georgia, the Canaries and the Azores - reaching out across the widths of the world ocean which is the seabirds' home.But a global tragedy is unfolding. Even as we are coming to understand them, the number of seabirds is in freefall, dropping by nearly 70% in the last sixty years, a billion fewer now than there were in 1950. Of the ten birds in this book, seven are in decline, at least in part of their range. Extinction stalks the ocean and there is a danger that the grand cry of a seabird colony, rolling around the bays and headlands of high latitudes, will this century become little but a memory.
Adam Nicolson is a prize-winning writer of many books on history, nature and the countryside including Sea Room, God's Secretaries, The Gentry and the acclaimed The Mighty Dead. He is winner of the Royal Society of LIterature's Ondaatje prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the W.H. Heinemann Award and the British Topography Prize. He has...
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Title:The Seabird's CryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pagesPublished:July 18, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0008165696

ISBN - 13:9780008165697

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'An extraordinary book, nothing less than a masterpiece' Financial Times'Gorgeous book, a poetic soaring exploration of 10 species of seabirds.Generous and beautifully composed' Observer'No one has previously captured the essence of seabirds, of their habitats or their lives, with such poignancy or perception as Adam Nicholson in this fine book.[He] takes us on an extraordinary, constantly changing journey through the history, literature and biology of their lives.[His] exuberance for seabirds is infectious.inspirational' BBC Wildlife'Nicolson writes with a heart full of poetry and a head full of science. He is up to speed with recent seabird research and tells the tales with relish' Mail on Sunday'Powerful.fascinating.his beautiful and often stark vignettes of love, loss and cruelty in the world of seabirds make empathy possible by showing us ways in which their lives are like our own' The Times'Full of fascinating and often gruesome details.[he] succeeds in expressing his sense of awe at these magnificent creatures' Sunday Times'Though seabirds have ridden the surf and skies for 100 million years we are now casually wiping them out.Nicolson has accorded them this book. Its excellence constitutes some small recompense' Evening Standard'It isn't sufficient to say that Nicolson writes well about birds. He is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good' Sunday Herald'An elegant and impassioned book' Sunday Telegraph'Beautiful and engrossing book.written with verve and weathered with wonder.there is no one I'd rather read writing about these creatures.the bigness of our author's excitements and passions is.abundant in this clear-sighted yet loving book and it is magnificent to have' Country Life'Breathtaking.[Nicolson] has an intuitive understanding of the birds that feels almost uncanny.presents.research in a way that is not just comprehensible but compelling, even moving.His swithering between the forensic and the poetic creates a sense of wonder' Spectator