Birdwatchingwatching : One Year, Two Men, Three Rules, Ten Thousand Birds

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Alex Horne is not a birdwatcher. But his dad is, so with the prospect of fatherhood looming on his own horizon, Alex decided there was no better time to really get to know both his father and his father's favourite hobby. So he challenged his dad to a Big Year: from 1 January to 31 December they would each try to spot as many birds as possible; the one who spied the most species would be the victor. Along the way Alex would find out what makes his dad tick, pick up a bit of fatherly wisdom and perhaps even 'get into' birdwatching himself. Join Alex as he journeys from Barnes to Bahrain in this charming tale of obsession, manliness, fathers and sons, and the highly amusing twists and turns of a year-long bird more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 261g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Integrated line drawings
  • 0753515768
  • 9780753515761
  • 440,555

About Alex Horne

Alex Horne is a stand-up comedian. He won the Chortle Award for 'Best Breakthrough Act' in 2004 and in 2003 he was nominated for the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His show 'Birdwatching' appeared at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe and his follow-up 'Wordwatching' appeared at the festival in 2008. He has written and performed with Craig Charles on ITV and Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions for more

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"Horne's observations are at once funny and fascinating" * Metro (Review for 'Birdwatching' show) * "Rather like a rare bird - his ostensible subject - [Horne] is a fragile delight, covering any subject with a daft, surreal charm" * The Sunday Times (Review for 'Birdwatching' show) * "Remarkably touching, honest, and dryly witty" * Time Out * "Enjoyable and entertaining" -- Stephen Moss * Guardian *show more

Back cover copy

'Remarkably touching, honest, and dryly witty' Time Out ONE MAN AND HIS DAD: A COMICAL TALE OF COMPETITIVE TWITCHING Comedian Alex Horne's dad has always been an avid birdwatcher, a fact Alex could never quite come to terms with. But faced with the prospect of becoming a father himself one day, Alex resolved to get to know his own dad better and finally understand why (and how) he does what he does. The best way to bond, he decided, would be some father-versus-son competitive birdwatching. Over the course of one year, they would each attempt to see as many species of bird as possible governed by three basic rules: the birds had to be wild, free and alive; they had to actually see the birds; and they could travel anywhere in the world to do it. From Barnet to Bahrain, taking in a twitchy stag-weekend in Wales and an unfortunately birdless trip to the Alps, this is a hilarious and dramatic true story of obsessive behaviour, friendship and more

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"Enjoyable and entertaining"show more

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