The Secret Life of the Owl (Hardback)
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The Secret Life of the Owl (Hardback)

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Hardback 96 Pages
Published: 19/10/2017
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Read an exclusive article where John Lewis-Stempel introduces readers to the mysteries of nature's nocturnal voyager.

Of all our native birds, the owl holds a special power over our imagination. For some a talisman of good fortune, others a harbinger of doom, the image of the owl is an omen that appears across our folklore; a sign of witchcraft, medicine, the weather, birth and death. In his latest book, The Secret Life of the Owl, John Lewis-Stempel goes in search of this enchanting and elusive guardian of the night.

John Lewis-Stempel has twice won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, initially in 2015 with the stunning Meadowland, and in 2017 with Where Poppies Blow, his investigation into nature and its relationship to the trauma of the First World War. His other books include the Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times top five bestseller, The Running Hare.

'John Lewis-Stempel is one of the best nature writers of his generation' - Country Life

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857524560
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 200 x 132 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A charming essay...packed with facts and literary asides...Lewis-Stempel has a wonderful way with words...he also packs the book with the singing, ringing words of others. - Robbie Millen, The Times

Best of the year's Natural History: one of our finest nature writers with an essay length portrait of a bird that has fascinated humans for millennia. - Mail on Sunday

John Lewis-Stempel is the hottest nature writer around. - John McEwen, Spectator

In this short, beautiful little book, the farmer and nature writer introduces us to the wisdom of owls.. every question you might ask ... is answered with economy and insight and the cultural references and quotations are as rich as you would expect from this brilliant writer. - Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

John is one of this country's greatest nature writers...this is a unique look at the Owl's of Britain in both word and verse...some incredible facts... a wonderful little book for anyone who wants to know a little more of some of our most secret of birds and ones that should be celebrated. - The Last Word

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“Small but perfectly formed”

John Lewis-Stempel has won awards for both Meadowland and Where Poppies Blow, so we can be sure we are in safe hands, and when I saw he was focussing on owls I was quick to lay my hands on a copy: I must admit to... More

“owl beauty”

I received this book for review from the publishers, and what a beautiful book. It is small yet perfect. Using lyrical prose John describe the life and characteristics of owls. Full of factual information, personal... More

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“A fantastic nature book”

I loved John Lewis-Stempel's previous books, and this pocket-sized portrait of owls is a fantastic piece of nature writing. It's very accessible and lively, describing not only the owls themselves, but also... More

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