Book review: ‘The Book of Nightingales’ by Richard Mabey

Short monograph on the role of nightingales in western culture.

The Book of NightingalesThe Book of Nightingales is a strange, yet entertaining book dealing with the nightingale in western culture - especially poetry. Interspersed with his cultural analyses are Mabey's personal reminiscences of encounters with these drab yet remarkable birds.

Living outside the nightingale's natural (and declining) British range, I have never had the fortune to hear a nightingale in the flesh. This book made it abundantly clear that my life is the poorer for this.

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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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