A wonderfully written and personal exploration of the mysterious world of birds through a single year.
'A beautiful book' Tim Birkhead, author of Bird Sense
'The prose is sublime, and so is the intelligence behind it' Bel Mooney, Daily Mail
The extraordinary world of birds has the power to change lives, as it did the author's. The pleasure and fascination of bird-watching, together with the silence and stillness involved, can play a part in changing the way that we live our lives - and can help us when we have to deal with adversity.
Personal and elegiac, Waiting for the Albino Dunnock shows us how beauty is central to our emotional wellbeing, and reminds us of the careless damage we are inflicting on the natural world. This glorious pilgrimage into the soaring world of birds opens our eyes afresh to the beauty which surrounds us.
Rare, charming and unforgettable ... Her prose has the clarity, poise, precision and transcendent beauty of someone who was brought up reading the classics and knows the joy of finding the right words. Every sentence is perfect - THE OLDIE
Rosamond Richardson is the author of several books about the countryside, including the international bestseller Country Wisdom. She wrote regularly for Britain's biggest-selling bird magazine Bird Watching, and for several years was a contributor to The Countryman. Familiar to many as author of the Penguin Classic Hedgerow Cookery and co-presenter of BBC Two's Discovering Hedgerows, she also wrote for Landscape and Countryside magazines. She died in May 2017.