Peregrine / J.A. Baker with a new afterword by Robert Macfarlane Baker, J. A. (John Alec)

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Author
Baker, J. A. (John Alec)
Subjects
Peregrine falcon - England - Essex.; Natural history - England - Essex.; Peregrine falcon.
Audience
Adult
Summary
This is J. A. Baker's classic of British nature writing, with an exclusive new afterword by Robert Macfarlane. J. A. Baker's extraordinary classic of British nature writing was first published in 1967. Greeted with acclaim, it went on to win the Duff Cooper Prize, the pre-eminent literary prize of the time. Luminaries such as Ted Hughes, Barry Lopez and Andrew Motion have cited it as one of the most important books in twentieth-century nature writing. Despite the association of peregrines with the wild, outer reaches of the British Isles, The Peregrine is set on the flat marshes of the Essex coast, where J. A. Baker spent long winters looking and writing about the visitors from the uplands - peregrines that spend the winter hunting the huge flocks of pigeons and waders that share the desolate landscape with them. This book recounts a single year from the author's ten-year obsession with the peregrines that wintered near his home in eastern England. From fall to spring, J. A. Baker set out to track the daily comings and goings of a pair of peregrine falcons across the flat fen lands of eastern England. He followed the birds obsessively, observing them in the air and on the ground, in pursuit of their prey, making a kill, eating, and at rest, activities he describes with an extraordinary fusion of precision and poetry. And as he continued his mysterious private quest, his sense of human self slowly dissolved, to be replaced with the alien and implacable consciousness of a hawk.
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https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/7605813
Work ID
7605813

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