For me, reading has always been the principle influence in shaping my path through life. As well as for relaxing.
This week, at the same time as a new film version of FARENHEIT 451 is announced, I discover another classic to add to the pantheon – AN ENGLISH GUIDE TO BIRDWATCHING by Nicholas Royle.
This is a rather different tome though (to the others, see the BOOKS page on my site). Instead of focusing on just one subject or issue, the author has managed to step back far enough to take all the interconnecting parts, in this case what the hell has gone wrong with our species, and at the same time come up with not only suggestions as to what needs to be done to put things right, but that actually could work. I won’t spoil things by saying any more, but it is so simple I wonder why no-one has thought like this before.
Perhaps living on the doorstep to LEWES (East Sussex) has helped, the living embodiment of our current collective fantasy as to what should be reality (check out a copy of VIVA LEWES to get an idea of what a really weird place this is). Whatever, if you only read one book this year, this should be it, you will not be disappointed.