Author(s): Graeme Gibson
Featured in the vast majority of mythologies and religions, birds are generally associated with creativity and the human spirit. From the Christian dove to Quetzalcoatl (the Aztec plumed serpent), and from Raven Man to Plato's description of the soul growing wings and feathers, birds have represented the soul in contrast to the body, the spiritual as opposed to the earthly. The Bedside Book of Birds is an unexpected and fascinating treasure trove of paintings, drawings, essays and scientific observations: it marvellously conveys the hope, the longing and the enchantment that birds have evoked in humans in all cultures and all times. Beautifully produced, the book contains more than one hundred illustrations, ranging from early cave paintings through works by Audubon, Morris and Gould, to Inuit and other works created in the twentieth century. There are writings by naturalists like W.H. Hudson, Laurens van der Post, Peter Matthiessen and Barry Lopez, and by classical authors such as Shakespeare, Coleridge, Melville and Poe. There is also a rich seam of contemporary work by Jorge Luis Borges, Ted Hughes, Italo Calvino, Bruce Chatwin and Haruki Murakami, among many others.The Bedside Book of Birds is a book to explore, to savour, and to learn from - a book for the winged soul in all of us.
A high profile trade paperback title about a hobby for which millions of people have a passion. It is a surefire winner guaranteed to appeal to both this fanbase and to the general reader. The book is stunningly produced, illustrated throughout in colour with more than 100 full colour images Wide press coverage guaranteed on publication - both the book's treatment of its subject matter and its beautiful presentation will make it unmissable
'Beautifully compiled and illustrated A wonderful artefact the choice of pictures and text makes the book consistently surprising' Daily Telegraph 'A spellbinding miscellany of images, essays, poems and scientific extracts' Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times 'Anyone who has watched birds, studied them, given them the least attention, will find this a treat. It is a compilation of writings that celebrate the many ways people have engaged with birds made companions of them, mythologised them, hunted and eaten them This book is well worth buying for the illustrations alone' New Scientist
Graeme Gibson is the author of four novels including Perpetual Motion and Gentleman Death. A past president of PEN Canada, a council member of WWF Canada, and chairman of Pelee Island Bird Observatory, he lives in Toronto with his wife, the writer Margaret Atwood.