Book review: ‘The Running Sky’ by Tim Dee

A birdwatching life

‘The Running Sky’ by Tim Dee

Tim Dee’s The Running Sky is set to become a classic. Although each chapter covers a different month in the birdwatching year, this is not an account of one year’s birdwatching. Instead, Dee reminisces about encounters with birds over 40 years that he associates with the month in question.

The writing is wonderful, bordering on poetic in places. As Dee himself states:

Science makes discoveries when it admits to not knowing, poetry endures if it looks hard at real things. Nature writing, if such a thing exists, lives in this territory where science and poetry meet. It must be made of both; it needs truth and beauty.

Dee clearly demonstrates that ‘nature writing’ blending truth and beauty with apparent ease does indeed exist.

Highly recommended.

Writer and photographer Richard Carter, FCD is the founder of the Friends of Charles Darwin. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteFacebookTwitterNewsletterBooks
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