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.
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