Wild Air


Available for Pre-order. Due April 2023.
Wild Air Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: HarperCollins Publishers
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Pages: 304 Illustrations and other contents: Index Language: English ISBN: 9780008399535 Categories: , ,

A book about birdsong, from the critically acclaimed author of Raptor. A book about flight and song in which James Macdonald Lockhart looks to convey the sound of bird song through language, creating sound portraits of the birds using their own language as a way to write about the species. To borrow a phrase from Erland Cooper, a book of ‘sonic postcards’. His way in is through his grandfather, who when deaf, had his wife go bird watching with him so that she could be his ears. He would then go home and try to recreate the sound on his bagpipes. James is to the reader what his grandfather’s wife was to him: our ears.

Weight0.27 kg


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Praise for James Macdonald Lockhart 'Lockhart's prose is so intimate, urgent, and visceral as to make his darkly resonant ruminations almost unfailingly gripping' Independent '[Lockhart's] exquisite, poetic language is a sensuous delight' Daily Mail 'Outstanding ... he captures that wild spirit without ever making it feel captive' Sunday Times 'Lockhart is stepping towards the distinguished company of the great modern literary books on birds of prey' Country Life

Author Biography

James Macdonald Lockhart is an associate editor of, and regular contributor to, Archipelago Magazine, and a literary agent at Antony Harwood Limited.