How to be a Bad Birdwatcher

To the Greater Glory of Life

by Simon Barnes

  • Published: 01 Apr 2006
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 208p
  • ISBN: 9781904977056
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Anyone who has ever gazed up at the sky or stared out of the window knows something about birds. In this funny, eye-opening book, Simon Barnes paints a riveting picture of how birdwatching has framed his life and can help us all to a better understanding of our place on this planet.

How to be a Bad Birdwatcher shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes around.

“A witty, perceptive book, thoughtful, instructive and full of simple wisdom”
<em>The Daily Mail</em>
How to be a Bad Birdwatcher is a work of pute enthusiasm for the cause of birds and us. Unstuffily, democratically, it tries to help us derive good things near at hand, everywhere, and it succeeds.”
<em>The Spectator</em>
“An amiable mix of memoir, the merits of binoculars, Charles Darwin, laughing gulls and how watching birds compares with his day job of watching England footballers.”
<em>The Observer</em>

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, including Birdwatching with Your Eyes Closed and The Meaning of Sport (Short Books). He lives in Suffolk with his family.

Other books by this author

<a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-wild"><strong>How To Be Wild</strong></a><br /><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-wild" class="plain-link">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. </a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-wild"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport"><strong>The Meaning of Sport</strong></a><br /><a href="https://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="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="https://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="https://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="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/a-book-of-heroes-2"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="https://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="https://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="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="https://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="https://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="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="https://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="https://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="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a>