• Encounters with spectacular birds all over the world and birding adventures to remote, magical locations
  • Why life-lists, rarities, questions about ‘what is a species?’ and other such things matter so much to the birder, including their origins in the long human story of our love of birds
  • Considers what, if anything, might need to change in birders’ attitudes, approach and practices faced with the extinction and biodiversity crisis


  • An unusual and lyrical account of birds from the Kazakh poet and author
  • Stresses the importance of birds to people resulting in more attention and kindness to birds
  • Includes an interesting selection of myths and facts for bird-lovers


Praise for John F. Messner’s book!

‘...a book that shows just how good a modern biography can be.  ...he lived a long and exciting and absolutely fascinating life and author John F. Messner can be congratulated in bringing Wyllie to the page in a way that is beautifully and compellingly written ... in a way that illuminates an intriguing corner of the story of the American Civil War’. Undiscovered Scotland

  • The untold story of Joannes Wyllie, son of a gardener from Fife, one of the most successful blockade runners of the American Civil War
  • Features his life of adventure and action; he was once declared dead, survived shipwrecks and shark attack, and successfully commanded ships across the globe
  • The most comprehensive history of the Ad-Vance is provided, from departing Glasgow until capture off the Carolina coast

  • The life of an eminent, but largely unknown man, who left an indelible mark on the life of this country
  • He organised the landings and evacuation from Gallipoli and supported Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab Revolt 
  • He was Allied Naval Representative at the Peace Negotiations at Compiègne in 1918 and as First Sea Lord was also at the Versailles Peace Conference







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