Fiction Books on Birds (1 Viewer)

I like reading fiction about burds.

I like Kes.
And Lord of the Rings has flying creatures.
I also found this book on birds.
Politics of Birds – The Parliament of Rooks and Owls
A short story based on a land or birds who have a parliament.

What fictional birds books have you read?


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Beak of the Moon by Philip Temple - about New Zealand Keas.
Each Day a Small Victory by Chips Hardy - called a Pulp Fiction version of Watership Down
There was a thread recently about such books.

John Cantelo

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"Adventure Lit their Star" by journalist Kenneth Allsop - about the Little Ringed Plover
"Great Northern?" by Arthur Ransome, the last of his Swallows and Amazons children's books.

Both involved dastardly deeds by egg collectors.


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I remember as a boy reading a book called Krark: the story of a Carrion Crow by Kenneth Richmond. It was the story of the crow's life, written from the point of view of the crow. I think there was also another book about a kestrel. I thoroughly enjoyed them as a child, although I'm not sure they would stand up to re-reading as an adult.

More recently, I read The Birdwatcher by William Shaw. It's a crime/suspense novel set against the backdrop of Dungeness and the central police officer is a birder.


Steve Babbs

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It's not a book about birds but it is about birders - or rather twitchers: Cris Freddi Pelican Blood. I was reluctant to read it as I'm a self-confessed cultural snob but it is a very well written book with deep insights into obsession. Apparently the film rights have been bought. Do be warned that is is described as 'foul-mouthed but lyrical'.
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Phil Andrews

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I recall one of Enid Blyton's Famous Five books heavily featuring the tantalising glimpse of a putative Great Auk

Farnboro John

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Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach is more of an allegorical celebration of flying than a book about birds (RB was a fairly celebrated pilot), but the more spiritual may "get it". Bill Oddie apparently didn't: "Anyway, Jonathan Livingstone what gull?" in BOLBBB - but he'd read it and seen the movie, according to his account, a movie I didn't know existed. I recommend it, anyway.

Nearer to the truth Henry Williamson's Two Rivers natural history novels include Chakchek the Peregrine, which is typical evocative Williamson writing (cf Tarka the Otter and Salar the Salmon) but also details the brutal attitude of the time towards creatures with sharp teeth and talons. Not perhaps for the faint-hearted.

Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose is another good read with some nature fact to back up another rather spooky storyline. A good writer whose work my mind persists in confusing with that of Roald Dahl, and if you wonder why, read Manxmouse.

More obliquely, Kehaar the Black-headed Gull plays an important (and profane) role in Richard Adams's marvellous Watership Down: and these days at last I too can discriminate between the songs of Blackcap and Garden Warbler (well, two out of three times), so there. If you haven't read it - or for that matter walked on the Down - get on with it.

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