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In a series of stunning reflections on the common swift, the author of the bestselling Being a Beast shows that these birds, in their wild and wonderful airborne existence, are anything but common.
Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2021
Swifts live in perpetual summer. They inhabit the air like nothing on the planet. They watched the continents shuffle to their present places and the mammals evolve.
They are not ours, though we like to claim them. They defy all our categories and present no passports as they surf the winds across the world. They sleep in the high thin air - their wings controlled by an alert half-brain.
This is a radical new look at the Common Swift - a numerous but profoundly un-common bird - by Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast.
Foster follows the swifts throughout the world, manically, lyrically, yet scientifically. The poetry of swifts is in their facts, and this book, in Little Toller's monograph series, draws deeply on the latest extraordinary discoveries.
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