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Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to British Birds

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The illustrations are delightful and the Bill's descriptions and opinions of the various species are insightful and obviously designed to inspire an interest in ornithology. When watching Bill perform live I’ve always thought he was very birdlike, he always seems wide-eyed and a bit twitchy. Most people know Bill Bailey for his amazing performances where he expertly mixes comedy and music with a large dollop of zaniness, or his appearances on various panel games. I don't count them, or make lists, but I do love watching their behaviour and interaction with each other. Whether it's what they eat, where they fly to or how they communicate, these birds are always fascinating, and Bailey introduces us to their weird and wonderful ways in a manner that is always entertaining.

The prose is as charming as it is informative, with the sort of conversational flourishes you might hope for from a comedian. This does remind me of a Mr Bean book I read as a kid, the stains, ripped pages, images stuck to page and funny little illustrations were done by Mr. Caveat: it is not a comprehensive guide, and is not designed as a compendium for keen bird watchers. Funny and insightful, and positively crackling with energy, knowledge and wit, this beautiful paperback will delight Bailey's fans, birds as well as those who fancy a bit of armchair escapism.Packed with the comedian's observations, illustrations and sketches, this edition is perfect for birdwatching expeditions, with new information for proper twitchers, including: A 'British Birds' checklist A list of the best birdwatching sites in the UK Suggestions of bird spotting equipment Information about joining a birdwatching club Bailey takes us on a journey around the British Isles, zooming in on those birds that enthuse him the most.

This is written as an introduction to the charms of British birds for non-birders, but it is a pleasant amusing read for anyone with an interest in that subject (including this long-time birder), and it is genuinely informative. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. It didn’t have me laughing out loud but it made me smile every time I opened the kindle app on my iPad and found it there waiting for me.Bill's usuall wit, interjects his own sketches and observations, in a scrapbook style of presentation. Normally so he can share an anecdote about the time he spotted one, stories which clearly bring him great glee.

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