Birdgirl (Hardback)
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Birdgirl (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 30/06/2022
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The environmentalist and diversity activist known as Birdgirl delivers a mindful, reflective and uplifting account of a life devoted to avian observation and how her passion has enabled her to cope with challenging life situations and unexpected trauma.

Longlisted for The Jhalak Prize 2023

Longlisted for the James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation 2023

Birdwatching has never felt like a hobby, or a pastime I can pick up and put down, but a thread running through the pattern of my life, so tightly woven in that there's no way of pulling it free and leaving the rest of my life intact.

Meet Mya-Rose - otherwise known as 'Birdgirl'. Birder, environmentalist, diversity activist. To date she has seen over five thousand different types of bird: half the world's species.

Every single bird a treasure. Each sighting a small step in her family journey - a collective moment of joy and stillness amidst her mother's deepening mental health crisis. And each helping her to find her voice.

Since she was young, she has visited every continent to pursue her passion, seeing first-hand the inequality and reckless destruction we are inflicting on our fragile planet. And the simple, mindful act of looking for birds has made her ever-more determined to campaign for all our survival.

This is her story; a journey defined by her love for these extraordinary creatures. Because large or small, brown, patterned or jewelled, there is something about birds that makes us, even for just moments at a time, lift our eyes away from our lives and up to the skies.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787333208
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 722 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Lyrical, poignant and insightful. - Margaret Atwood, author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE

Mya-Rose Craig has done more than anyone to promote birding and environmental issues to young people from all backgrounds - especially women of colour - and deserves our admiration and praise. - Stephen Moss, author of THE ROBIN

Mya-Rose's passion and dedication for the causes she believes in are testament to what we humans can achieve when we are at our best. - Liz Bonnin, President of the Wildlife Trust

Craig manages to capture so vividly what birds mean to her and her family... filled with hope and energy. - Guardian

Reads like a cross between a travel diary, an ornithologist's guide and a thriller. - The Times

A frank, open account of how birdwatching provided solace during Mya-Rose's teenage years... We are given an insight into a fascinating family of bird-lovers. - BBC Wildlife

A must read for bird lovers. - Yours

Inspiring... A forthright and compelling chronicle by a remarkable birder, environmentalist, and advocative. - Booklist

A talented memoirist and a passionate environmental advocate. - Observer

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“inspiring read from an inspiring activist”

I loved this! Mya has been going on birdwatching holidays with her parents and sister since a young age, and has seen half of the world's species of birds before reaching her twenties. Now at university,... More

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“One of the best new nature books, I’ve read!”

A truly inspiring book, perfect for any nature fan! Mya recounts the tails of her travels across all seven continents, birdwatching along the way. Whilst exploring concepts of the natural world, the book also reflects... More

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“Engaging, inspiring and important”

This is a memoir written by Dr. Mya-Rose Craig, known on social media as ‘Birdgirl’ a twenty-year-old birdwatcher, environmental, social-justice and anti-racism activist and mental health advocate. Mya-Rose's... More

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