A Tiger in the Sand
Selected Writings on Nature
By (author) Mark Cocker
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Tiger in the Sand by Mark Cocker
Book DescriptionIn seven works of non-fiction, especially in "Birders" and the universally acclaimed "Birds Britannica", Mark Cocker has established himself as one of the foremost writers on nature and wilderness. In his most lyrical work to date, he has drawn together the best of his writing on wildlife, mainly taken from columns for the "Guardian" and "Guardian Weekly." These carefully distilled articles, over a hundred in all, illustrate some of his most enduring themes over the last twenty years - the magical dynamism of birds, as well as the subtle beauty, vast skies and wildlife riches of the Norfolk landscape. In its celebration of the natural world, the hugely varied selection also demonstrates a concern to champion the despised and neglected - rats, gulls, crows (the 'Black Beasts' of his first section) - as much as it explores some of the most charismatic creatures on Earth - penguins, whales, lions and elephants. Cocker is equally good at evoking the commonplace mysteries of garden blackbirds and thrush's song, as he is the exotic otherness of mountain gorillas or the one-horned rhinoceros. With its attention to detail, especially the sharpness of perception and the precise use of language, the writing in "A Tiger in the Sand" shows qualities more usually associated with poetry than with prose.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780224078825
(223mm x 143mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 9-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mark Cocker
Crow Country (The Birds and the Bees), Paperback (May 2016)
One night the author followed the roiling, deafening flock of rooks and jackdaws which regularly passed over his Norfolk home on their way to roost in the Yare valley. Journeying across Britain, through failures, magical successes and epiphanies, the author uncovers the mysteries of these birds' inner lives.
Claxton, Paperback (October 2015)
In 2001 the author moved to Claxton, a small village in Norfolk. In a series of daily writings spanning the course of a year he explores his relationship to the landscape he lives in, to nature and to all the living things around him. This book is a celebration of the wonder that lies in our everyday experience.
Peregrine, Paperback (March 2015)
Reissue of J. A. Baker's extraordinary classic of British nature writing
Birds and People, Hardback (August 2013)» View all books by Mark Cocker
There are 10,500 species of bird worldwide and wherever they occur people marvel at their glorious colours and their beautiful songs. This title describes and maps the entire spectrum of our engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics and the environment.
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Author Biography - Mark Cocker
Mark Cocker is one of Britain's foremost writers on nature and contributes regularly to the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, as well as BBC Radio Four. His six other books deal with modern responses to wilderness, whether found in landscape, human societies or in other species. They include a biography, Richard Meinerzthagen, shortlisted for the Angel Prize and the hugely acclaimed bestseller Birds Britannica (with Richard Mabey). He recently won a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to study the cultural importance of birds in West Africa.
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