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The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird

The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird

Sam Lee

Available from 4 March 2021. Come to the forest, sit by the fireside and listen to intoxicating song, as Sam Lee tells the story of the Nightingale.

Every year, as darkness falls upon woodlands, the Nightingale heralds the arrival of Spring. For thousands of years, its sweet song has inspired musicians, writers and artists around the world, from Germany, France and Italy to Greece, Ukraine and Afghanistan.

This is a unique and charming biography of an infamous yet elusive songbird. With dozens of illustrations, the naturalist, renowned musician and folk expert Sam Lee tells the full story of the nightingale. The Nightingale reveals in beautiful detail the ornithology of the bird, exploring its habitat, characteristics and migration patterns, as well as the environmental issues that threaten its livelihood.

From Greek mythology to John Keats, to Russian folk songs and A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, Lee delves into the various ways we have celebrated the nightingale through traditions, folklore, music, food and literature, from ancient history to the present day. 240 pages.

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