A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When the Birds Sing

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A Guardian ‘Readers’ Choice’ Best Book of 2017

Birdsong is the soundtrack to our world. We have tried to capture its fleeting, ephemeral beauty, and the feelings it inspires, for millennia.

In this captivating and lively account, Richard Smyth explores science, music, literature, landscape and the thousand different ways in which birdsong has moved us. A bright song on a lonely street can lift our mood, bringing comfort, wonder or joy. But can we learn to listen, really listen, to what the birds are saying? Or do they just tell us back our own tales?

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"Exquisite . . . a many textured love song to the bird in all of us" -- Miriam Darlington

“A lively sense of the absurd, a wryly precise prose style and an appropriately magpie-like curiosity for his subject. There’s a wonderful democracy of reference to a book that draws on Radiohead and The Simpsons as well as Messiaen and Duchamp; that considers East End bird-catching alongside the Romantics and current bioacoustics research ... Smyth has taught himself to hear, and it’s impossible to read his vivid account and not listen just a little closer yourself” – The Spectator

“Entertaining and idiosyncratic ... witty and engaging. He has a penchant for thinking of curious and apt descriptions ...
A Sweet, Wild Note is often engrossing ... and, at times, really quite enlightening” -- Nick Major, The National

“A fascinating book, beautifully evocative, a pleasure to read, and as uplifting as listening to a blackbird or robin in full voice. Every page of this book offers endless interesting facts” – The York Press

“The effortless writing in here makes for easy reading and he keeps your interest in the subject all the way through by mixing together history, science and personal anecdotes ... well worth reading, and it has a stunning cover too”
Half Man, Half Book

“Intriguing thoughts on birdsong”Simon Barnes, Sunday Times Magazine“Comic, insightful and lyrical”Sam Read, Bookseller

“I would highly recommend it as a thoughtful, accessible and witty introduction to the world of birdsong and defy anybody who reads this book not to resolve to pay more attention themselves” -- Chris Foster, Considering Birds blog

“Fascinating ... about the effect of birdsong on our lives and its cultural impact throughout history” -- LeedsBigBookend.co.uk

“[A] gem of a book ... I could not put it down”Femke Montagne, Waterstones Aberystwyth

“Smyth’s fascinating study is full of expert knowledge and witty observations and will have you listening to the dawn chorus with fresh ears and a glad heart” -- The Simple Things Magazine

“Will make you listen differently ... consider this book a bit like the ‘tasting notes’ on a fine wine”
Richard Littledale, The Preacher’s Blog

“Perfectly paced ... bubbles along, itself like birdsong; the occasional unexpected wry note adding a layer of wit”Matt Gaw, journalist and columnist‘Well worth a read . . . hits many sweet notes’Mark Avery, author of Remarkable Birds and Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands

‘A delightful meditation on the wonders of nature's best free show – birdsong – and how it has seeped into our culture through the ages’
Stephen Moss, author of Wild Hares and Hummingbirds and Wild Kingdom

‘Between the fibrillating throats of birds and the human mind lies an extraordinary landscape, a place created by the intersection of culture, biology, and literature. Richard Smyth is a brilliant, insightful, and witty guide in this fascinating terrain’
David George Haskell, author of The Songs of Trees and the Pulitzer finalist, The Forest Unseen. Professor of Biology, University of the South

‘This is a delightful book that does exactly what it says on the cover: it plays a sweet wild note. If you are already tuned in to bird song you will learn a lot more and if you aren’t you will want to be. Reading it honestly seems to have improved my (ornithological) listening and hearing as well as cheering my heart’Sara Maitland, author of Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales

“A lovely book ... lovingly written”
Georgey Spanswick, BBC radio

“Full of zest and at times deliciously wry, this is a well-informed, warm and effortlessly endearing call to arms to listen – perhaps for the first time in years – with our ears and, more importantly, to feel it in our hearts. Smyth is, without doubt, an exciting new nature-writing talent”Jules Howard, zoologist, writer and broadcaster

“A long time since I found myself this engrossed in a book; simply fabulous!”James Common, @CommonByNature

“Fantastic ... primed with humour and warmth ... [the] beautifully eye catching cover really sparks the imagination of the reader and gives an insight into the wonders that are housed inside”The Quiet Knitter

“Witty, informed, readable... I am really loving A Sweet, Wild Note: so well researched, at times funny and at times touching”Nick Acheson, @themarshtit

“Effortless writing ... keeps your interest all the way through by mixing together history, science and personal anecdotes ... well worth reading”
Nudge-book.com

"“Beautifully written ... entertaining and informative ... a great read that will help you appreciate more fully nature’s beautiful soundtrack” –- John Muir Trust Journal

About the Author:

Richard Smyth is a writer, researcher and editor based in Bradford. He is a regular contributor to Bird Watching magazine, and reached the final of Mastermind with a specialist subject of British birds. He writes and reviews for The Times, Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Literary Review, New Statesman, BBC Wildlife, New Humanist, Illustration and New Scientist. He also writes novels and short fiction, and has written several books on English history.

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