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Bearded Tit

Bearded Tit

Rory McGrath

This is Rory's story of life among birds. From a Cornish boyhood wandering gorse-topped cliffs listening to the song of the yellowhammer with his imaginary girlfriend, to drawing gravity-defying jackdaws in class when he should have been applying himself to physics, to quoting the Latin names of birds in order to give himself a fighting chance of a future with JJ - the most beautiful girl he had ever seen.

As an adult, or what passes for one, Rory recounts becoming a card-carrying birdwatcher, observing his first skylark - peerless king of the summer sky - while stoned; his failed attempts to get up at the crack of dawn like the real twitchers; and his flawed bid to educate his utterly unreconstructed drinking mate Danny in the ways of birding.

Rory's tale is a thoroughly educational, occasionally lyrical and highly amusing romp through the hidden byways of birdwatching and, more importantly, it is a love story you'll never forget. 350 pages.

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