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Bill Bai­ley Quer­cus, HB, £20, BW Book­shop price £16.99 (quote BW119)

One of the quirkier bird books you’re likely to see, this is nev­er­the­less a highly en­joy­able read, as co­me­dian Bill Bai­ley takes a very per­sonal look at a wide se­lec­tion of Bri­tish birds. He man­ages to pack in plenty of facts about each, some of them the sort of thing you might find in field guides, oth­ers less es­sen­tial but likely to stand you in good stead in a pub quiz. It’s nicely il­lus­trated, with pho­tos and art­work along­side Bai­ley’s own off­beat sketches – OK, so you prob­a­bly don’t re­ally need to see a New Or­leans jazz Mag­pie fu­neral, but it’s fun any­way! What’s re­ally ap­peal­ing is that Bai­ley man­ages to con­vey gen­uine en­thu­si­asm for the com­mon­est of birds as well as harder to find species – for that rea­son, it’s likely to ap­peal even to non-bird­ers, as well as those who take their hobby a lit­tle bit (but not too) se­ri­ously.

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