An Indifference of Birds - Richard Smyth
A birds-eye perspective on humanity
To write the history of birds and people, you can look at how they’ve changed us, or you can look at how we’ve changed them. This book seeks to do the second thing; a book about our place in their history.
“A marvelously unsettling book, reorienting us and opening new perspectives… carries us into the strange and humbling timescales and lives of birds, revealing our own history in a startling new light” David George Haskell
"[This book] exposes some of the inconsistencies that abound in our regard for and treatment of birds (and for the world that they and we live in). . . . Smyth returns repeatedly to the eponymous conclusion of the book; that in spite our profound impact on their lives, individual birds are supremely indifferent to us. At the same time, he eloquently, artfully, joyfully celebrates birds, and what they mean." Mark Wilson, British Trust for Ornithology
Published by fellow independent publisher, Uniform Books
This book is Kate's spring nature writing recommendation and forms the subject of a poem in her new collection.