Nature

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

Author: Alex Preston

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 622

'A magical book: an inimitable fusion of ornithology, literary anthology and autobiography' Tom Holland 'Delightful . . . an original look at the literature inspired by Britain's birdlife' the Guardian, Best Nature Books of 2017 When Alex Preston was 15, he stopped being a birdwatcher. Adolescence and the scorn of his peers made him put away his binoculars, leave behind the hides and the nature reserves and the quiet companionship of his fellow birders. His love of birds didn't disappear though. Rather, it went underground, and he began birdwatching in the books that he read, creating his own personal anthology of nature writing that brought the birds of his childhood back to brilliant life. Looking for moments 'when heart and bird are one', Preston weaves the very best writing about birds into a personal and eccentric narrative that is as much about the joy of reading and writing as it is about the thrill of wildlife. Moving from the 'high requiem' of Keats's nightingale to the crow-strewn sky at the end of Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, from Ted Hughes's brooding 'Hawk in the Rain' to the giddy anthropomorphism of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, this is a book that will make you look at birds, at the world, in a newer, richer light. Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by the celebrated graphic artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a book to love and to hold, to return to again and again, to marvel at the way that authors across the centuries have captured the endless grace and variety of birds. 'As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a memoir/gallimaufry of ornithological obsession by Alex Preston. He watches birds in the sky and on the page darting between myths, stories and memoir like a swift. The characterful illustrations by Neil Gower add a whole new dimension to this gorgeous book' Damian Barr, Guardian Best Books of 2017
Poetry

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Poetry

Page: 80

View: 489

'O let them be left, wildness and wet' As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a selection of Gerard Manley Hopkins' incomparably brilliant poetry, ranging from the ecstasy of 'The Windhover' and 'Pied Beauty' to the heart-wrenching despair of the 'sonnets of desolation'. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). Hopkins' Poems and Prose is available in Penguin Classics.
Fiction

Kingfishers Catch Fire

Author: Rumer Godden

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 685

Sophie, an English ingénue with two children, arrives in Himalayan Kashmir to set up home in a tumbledown cottage surrounded by flowers and herbs. Settling down to live quietly, frugally and peacefully with her new neighbours, she is unaware of the turmoil her arrival provokes as the villagers compete fiercely for her patronage. Sophie's cook makes a drastic bid to secure his position, and the unwanted consequences are catastrophic . . .
Literary Criticism

Of Making Many Books

Author: M. Edwards

Publisher: Springer

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 190

View: 915

Poetry

The poetical works of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Category: Poetry

Page: 545

View: 548

This long-awaited complete edition of Hopkins's poetry offers serious students far more guidance than has ever been available. The texts are arranged chronologically, rhythms are clarified, thousands of words and phrases are annotated for the first time, and far greater attention is paid to his neglected early output. Compiled by one of the world's leading Hopkins scholars, the book includes an introduction, extensive commentary, and headnotes for each poem setting out intellectual or biographical background and critical responses.
Fiction

The Pushcart book of short stories

Author: Bill Henderson

Publisher: Pushcart Pr

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 719

View: 490

The best short stories as selected from the first quarter-century of the celebrated The Pushcart Prize series.
Religion

Honey for a Teen's Heart

Author: Gladys Hunt

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 893

Help Your Teen Catch the Lifelong Reading Bug.Honey for a Teen’s Heart spells out how good books can help you and your teenager communicate heart-to-heart about ideas, values, and the various issues of a Christian worldview. Sharing the adventure of a book lets both of you know the same people, see the same sights, face the same choices, and feel the same emotions. Life spills out of books--giving you plenty to talk about! But Honey for a Teen’s Heart will do more than strengthen the bonds between you and your son or daughter. You’ll also learn how to help your teen catch the reading habit and become a lover of good books. Gladys Hunt’s insights on how to read a book, what to look for in a book, and how to question what you read will challenge you and your teenager alike. It’s training for life! And it’s fabulous preparation for teens entering college. Including an annotated list of over four hundred books, Honey for a Teen’s Heart gives you expert guidance on the very best books for teens.