John McEwen

Gulls, once unknown inland, are no longer ‘seagulls’ but have taken to nesting on rooftops in city centres.

Will seagulls become as scary as Hitchcock’s The Birds?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Little Toller Books, in Dorset, aims to publish old and new writing on nature by the very best writers and…

Portrait of Helen by John Bellany

The ordeal of being married (twice) to John Bellany

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Misery memoirs are in vogue. There is much misery in this harrowing account of married life with John Bellany (1942–2013)…

The sinister bird occurs famously in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘The Raven’

If you keep a pet raven, look out for your jewellery and car keys

24 March 2018 9:00 am

With bird books the more personal the better. Joe Shute was once a crime correspondent and is today a Telegraph…

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) by William MacGillivray

Enraptured by raptors

13 February 2016 9:00 am

The fewer birds there are, the more books about them, particularly of the literary kind. Helen MacDonald’s H is for…

To be astonished by nature, look no further than Claxton

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Mark Cocker is the naturalist writer of the moment, with birds his special subject. His previous book, Birds and People,…

The ring-necked parakeet, one of the most successful birds to colonise London, still looks conspicuously out of place in Hyde Park in the snow

What's eating London's songbirds?

16 August 2014 9:00 am

This book, with its absurdly uninformative photographs, dismal charts and smattering of charmless drawings, looks like a report. A pity,…

Portrait of a young woman with a bible in her hand by Johannes Thopas, 1680–85

No special pleading needed for this disabled Dutch master

21 June 2014 9:00 am

To discover an ‘unknown’ is the dream of anyone connected with the arts and in Johannes Thopas (c.1626-1688/95) we have…

‘Study of a Velvet Crab’ c. 1870, presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin School of Drawing (University of Oxford) in 1875

How seriously should we take Ruskin as an artist?

3 May 2014 9:00 am

This stout and well-designed volume nicely complements Tim Hilton’s classic biography of John Ruskin. It is the catalogue for the…

Snowy Owl

Toowit-towoo! At long last, a Collins book on owls

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Owls have more associations for us than perhaps any other family of birds, suggested Jeremy Mynott in Birdscapes, so it…

Birds & People, by Mark Cocker - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

‘A world without birds would lay waste the human heart,’ writes Mark Cocker. Following his Birds Britannica and prize-winning Crow…