The Peregrine: The Hill of Summer & Diaries: The Complete Works of J. A. Baker

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The Peregrine, which won the Duff Cooper Prize in 1967, recounts a single year from the author's ten–year obsession with the peregrines that wintered near his home in eastern England. The writing is lyrically charged throughout, as the author's role of diligent observer gives way to a personal transformation, as Baker becomes, in the words of James Dickey, "a fusion of man and bird."

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The Peregrine: The Hill of Summer & Diaries: The Complete Works of J. A. Baker

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Overview

The Peregrine, which won the Duff Cooper Prize in 1967, recounts a single year from the author's ten–year obsession with the peregrines that wintered near his home in eastern England. The writing is lyrically charged throughout, as the author's role of diligent observer gives way to a personal transformation, as Baker becomes, in the words of James Dickey, "a fusion of man and bird."

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‘A visionary, vision-changing masterpiece; a book that, once read, will never release its grip upon you.’ Robert Macfarlane, Author of Landmarks and The Wild Places‘Passionately fierce but also wonderfully tender’ Andrew Motion‘…an inspiring example to future writers, and a gift to lovers of nature.’ The Times Literary Supplement‘… a literary masterpiece, one of the 20th century’s outstanding examples of nature writing.’ Independent‘The Peregrine should be known as one of the finest works on nature ever written' BBC Wildlife‘… some of the most marvellous prose of the twentieth century.’ Literary Review‘A tour de force … what can I do except praise writing which involves all the senses? This book goes altogether outside the bird-book into literature.’ The Sunday Times‘A rapt and remarkable book … his phrases have a magnesium-flare intensity.’ Observer‘… what is certain is that The Peregrine is the most precise and poetic account of a bird – possibly of any non-human creature – ever written in English prose.’ Daily Telegraph‘J. A. Baker's poetic prose has a hard intensity and an exquisite lyric grace that takes it far beyond the stereotypical stuff of larks ascending and questing voles. Cruelly beautiful and brutally exact, it sees the countryside anew to give us nature in the wild and in the raw.’ The Scotsman‘Including original diaries from which The Peregrine was written and its companion volume, The Hill of Summer, this is a beautiful compendium of lyrical nature writing at its absolute best […]. For those with an interest in the Peregrine Falcon or classic natural history writing. ‘ Guardian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007395903
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 8/12/2011
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 788,290
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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J. A. Baker also wrote The Hill of Summer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    One of the best.

    For fans of prose The Peregrine cannot be beat. Baker's novel is writing at its purest. Not sure another nature writer can match him. This book is gem.

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