As Kingfishers Catch Fire

Alex Preston and Neil Gower

As Kingfishers Catch Fireis a visually stunning exploration of birds in literature, from Ovid to Ted Hughes. Published by Little, Brown.

When Alex Preston was 15, he stopped being a birdwatcher. Adolescence and the scorn of his peers made him put away his binoculars, leave behind the hides and the nature reserves and the quiet companionship of his fellow birders. His love of birds didn't disappear though. Rather, it went underground, and he began birdwatching in the books that he read, creating his own personal anthology of nature writing that brought the birds of his childhood back to brilliant life.

Looking for moments ‘when heart and bird are one’, Preston – now an award-winning novelist – weaves the very best writing about birds into a personal and eccentric narrative that is as much about the joy of reading and writing as it is about the thrill of wildlife. Moving from the ‘high requiem’ of Keats’s nightingale to the crow-strewn sky at the end of Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, from Ted Hughes’s brooding ‘Hawk in the Rain’ to the giddy anthropomorphism of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, this is a book that will make you look at birds, and the world, in a newer, richer light.

Quarter-bound in cloth and gorgeously illustrated by the celebrated graphic artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a book to love and to hold, to return to again and again, to marvel at the way that authors across the centuries have captured the endless grace and variety of birds.

Published by Little, Brown

Hardback

Quarter-bound in cloth

208 pages

Fully illustrated throughout

238 x 197 mm

Show More
The Folio Society UK
© The Folio Society 2019