To the Greater Glory of Life
Publication Date: April 1, 2006
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.
- The Daily Mail
How to be a Bad Birdwatcher is a work of pure 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.
- The Spectator
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.
- The Observer