How To Be Wild

by Simon Barnes

  • Published: 01 Aug 2008
  • Price: £8.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Format: Ebook
  • Extent: 352p
  • ISBN: 978-1-906021-48-1
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As everyone who has patted a dog, smelled a rose, taken a walk, or even had a drink in the garden well knows, humans have a soul-deep need for non-human forms of life. This book is about pushing our birthright of wildness just that little bit further.

In How to be Wild, Barnes takes us on a year-long journey, from one raucous spring to the next, with elephants and mosquitoes, dolphins and flying squirrels, giraffes and butterflies as his companions. And again and again, he helps us to realise an essential truth: that by enjoying the wild world, by seeking to understand the wild world, our own lives become richer and more satisfying.

“A bracing reminder to us all to keep things open: eyes, ears, hearts, minds. And souls.”
Daily Mail
“This book - packed with so much insight and so many descriptions of wildlife encounters, always right on the button - leaves little for others to write.”
Birds Magazine
“Barnes is a poet of the unexpected lifting of the heart.”
PJ Kavanagh

About Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the bestselling author of a dozen books. He lives in Suffolk with his family.

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<a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport"><strong>The Meaning of Sport</strong></a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport" class="plain-link">In <em>The Meaning of Sport</em>, award-winning sportswriter Simon Barnes gives you his grandstand seat for a journey from the Olympic Games in Athens to the World Cup in Germany – via the Ashes series, the Ryder Cup, Wimbledon, and more.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/a-book-of-heroes-2"><strong>A Book of Heroes</strong><br />Or a Sporting Half-Century</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/a-book-of-heroes-2" class="plain-link">In this gripping new book, Simon Barnes brings together his 50 sporting heroes of the last 50 years and looks at what it is that elevates them to a state of grace and greatness. </a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/a-book-of-heroes-2"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed"><strong>Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed</strong><br />An Introduction to Birdsong</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed" class="plain-link">This vital book – with a free podcast – takes you from winter into spring. You start with robin, and end up with nightingales.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2"><strong>My Natural History</strong><br />The Animal Kingdom and How It Shaped Me</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2" class="plain-link">In <em>My Natural History</em> Simon Barnes, like a modern-day Gerald Durrell, weaves together the story of his life via the animals and the natural encounters that have shaped it. </a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life"><strong>The Horsey Life</strong><br />A Journey of Discovery with a Rather Remarkable Mare</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life" class="plain-link"><em>The Horsey Life</em> is about a friendship pushed to its limits; but it is also filled with larks and joy – a book which takes you right to the heart of the world of horses and those that love them.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-a-bad-birdwatcher"><strong>How to be a Bad Birdwatcher</strong><br />To the Greater Glory of Life</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-a-bad-birdwatcher" class="plain-link"><em>How to be a Bad Birdwatcher</em> shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes around.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-a-bad-birdwatcher"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a>