Birds in a Cage: The Remarkable Story of How Four Prisoners of War Survived Captivity (Hardback)
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Birds in a Cage: The Remarkable Story of How Four Prisoners of War Survived Captivity (Hardback)

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Hardback 302 Pages / Published: 01/11/2012
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"In the summer of 1940, lying in the sun, I saw a family of redstarts, unconcerned in the affairs of our skeletal multitude, going about their ways in cherry and chestnut trees." Soon after his arrival at Warburg PoW camp, British army officer John Buxton found an unexpected means of escape from the horrors of internment. Passing his days covertly watching birds, he was unaware that he, too, was being watched. Peter Conder, also a passionate ornithologist, hat noticed Buxton gazing skywards. He approached him and, with two other prisoners, they founded a secret birdwatching society. This is the untold story of an obsessive quest behind barbed wire. Through their shared love of birds, the four PoWs overcame hunger, hardship, fear and stultifying boredom. Their quest would draw in not only their fellow prisoners, but also some of the German guards, at great risk to them all. Derek Niemann draws on original diaries, letters and drawings, to tell of how Conder, Barrett, Waterston and Buxton were forged by their wartime experience into the giants of postwar wildlife conservation. Their legacy lives on.

Publisher: Short Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781780720937
Number of pages: 302
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 23 mm

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“Tales of mild derring do and birdwatching”

This was a really enjoyable light read for me as a non-birdwatcher.

(My natural history tastes lie elsewhere!)

I think this stemmed from the fact that this book isn't so much about birdwatching as it is about... More

Paperback edition
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“Not just for birders!”

I bought this book because of my interest in birding and knowing some of the ornithological connections of those involved. What I found was so much more than that. It taught me much about the difficulties of enduring... More

Hardback edition
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“Mirandapandareads - Birds In A Cage by Derek Niemann”

Birds In A Cage by Derek Niemann

Beautiful! Absolutely love this book. I could read it again right away. THIS BOOK IS STRANGE AND FUNNY AND GORGEOUS AND DEVESTATING AND COMPLETELY WONDERFUL, and it has pictures

Paperback edition
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