Swan: Portrait of a Majestic Bird, from Mythical Meanings to the Modern Day (Paperback)
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Swan: Portrait of a Majestic Bird, from Mythical Meanings to the Modern Day (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 14/07/2022
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Book of the Month, Countryside magazine

'[this] fascinating new book... provides a detailed insight into the snow-white species' Waterways World


A wildlife writer and photographer's celebration of the mute swan, Britain's most iconic breed, exploring the bird's significance across myth and history alongside vivid observations on its habits and habitats.

The swan is both a lover and a fighter. A graceful angel and a clumsy oaf. Immortalized by artists over the ages yet misunderstood and threatened in the present day. The mute swan - with its orange beak and aura of stately silence - is the breed we know best in Britain.

Dan Keel has been captivated by these birds since boyhood, studying their contrasting qualities over more than three decades. He's spent countless hours documenting their power, beauty and vulnerability as a writer of nature journalism, as a wildlife photographer looking for the perfect shot, and as a pilot sharing the skies.

In this labour of love, Dan speaks up for the mute, answering the essential questions about its nature and its future. Along the way, weaving his first-hand observations into the narrative, he shows us how swans have been portrayed in myth, art and culture for millennia, and how they have been venerated and imitated as well as harmed by humans.

Does anybody still eat swan? Can a swan really break your arm? Does the Queen own them all? With an eye for the humour as well as the tragedy of the swan's story, Dan lays out the facts, guides us to our lakes and riverbanks, and urges us to see these familiar creatures in a fresh light.

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781800073364
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Swan is a love letter to one of our most enigmatic birds. Dan lifts his readers into the clouds to see the world through the eyes of these iconic creatures, and in doing so, sifts through the myths, legends and facts to give us a soulful, joyous and well-rounded portrait of this fierce and enchanting bird. - Tiffany Francis-Baker, illustrator and author of Dark Skies: A Journey into the Wild Night

I was totally engaged by the book: fascinating, revelatory and delightfully penned. An inspiring and eye-opening account of one of our best-loved birds, Swan is totally compelling. - Alan Titchmarsh, gardener, broadcaster and presenter

[this] fascinating new book... provides a detailed insight into the snow-white species - Waterways World

Book of the Month - Countryside magazine

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“A compelling read!”

Anyone interested in wildlife cannot help but fall in love with this book!
Full of facts regarding swans and I’ve learnt so much more.
Dan’s portrayal of all things Swan, is beautiful and factual, which at times is... More

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“Recommended to anyone who has ever stopped and appreciated the Swan.”

I love any book that educates, informs and stokes further interest and passion for something. This book answers questions, discusses history but also draws on personal experiences which really let the imagination... More

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“A Stunning Read”

So much more than a book about swans! I would encourage anyone to buy/read this book. A beautiful escape into nature. Good for the soul reading ♡

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