A Tree for the Birds

This story of a boy’s quest contains an urgent ecological message: a plea to break down the boundaries that humans impose on the world and to reconnect with the eternal, life-sustaining cycles of nature. Head offers a novel of profound beauty. Set in the heart of Africa, this powerful story at the edge of damnation bends a reflection of all of us through the eyes of a birdwatcher who sees wings fly like escaping leaves on streams of eternal water and air for all.
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In this long-awaited follow-up to his international success, The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World, Vernon Head once again reveals his mastery of the genre of nature writing. This time with a novel, A Tree for the Birds. In this remarkable book, Head captivates and enchants us as he tells of the adventures of Chrisnelt, Chaminda and Pastor Kadazi as they navigate deep into the mysterious world of the Congo River, the Great Dancing Road.

This story of a boy’s quest contains an urgent ecological message: a plea to break down the boundaries that humans impose on the world and to reconnect with the eternal, life-sustaining cycles of nature. Head offers a novel of profound beauty. Set in the heart of Africa, this powerful story at the edge of damnation bends a reflection of all of us through the eyes of a birdwatcher who sees wings fly like escaping leaves on streams of eternal water and air for all.

The book reveals Head’s deep love for nature and his penetrating and startling way of seeing birds. This story will fascinate birdwatchers, twitchers, bird lovers and birders-in-training alike.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vernon RL Head was born in 1967 in a bungalow near the sea and the gulls. He is an architect – winning national and international awards for design and creative thinking – and when not designing strange buildings, he travels the world watching the rarest birds. He is past chairman of BirdLife South Africa – one of Africa’s most influential conservation organisations – and he serves on the Advisory Board of the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (UCT). He is author of the critically acclaimed best seller The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World, long-listed for the Alan Paton Literature Prize. His first poetry collection, The Laughing Dove and other Poems, is described by PR Anderson as “of audacity and wisdom … penetrating, a quite startling vision”. He has twice been long-listed for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.

 

ISBN 978-1-4314-2565-5
GENRE Fiction
FORMAT Hardcover
SIZE 205x130mm
EXTENT 344pp
PRICE R260
RIGHTS World Rights
RELEASE August 2018