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The Peregrine

Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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The nation's greatest voice, David Attenborough, reads J. A. Baker's extraordinary classic of British nature writing, The Peregrine.

J. A. Baker's classic of British nature writing was first published in 1967. Greeted with acclaim, it went on to win the Duff Cooper Prize, the pre-eminent literary prize of the time. Luminaries such as Ted Hughes, Barry Lopez and Andrew Motion have cited it as one of the most important books in 20th-century nature writing.

Despite the association of peregrines with the wild, outer reaches of the British Isles, The Peregrine is set on the flat marshes of the Essex coast, where J. A. Baker spent long winters looking and writing about the visitors from the uplands peregrines that spend the winter hunting the huge flocks of pigeons and waders that share the desolate landscape with them.

©1967 J. A. Baker (P)1967 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Passionately fierce but also wonderfully tender." (Andrew Motion)

 

"An inspiring example to future writers, and a gift to lovers of nature." (Times Literary Supplement)

 "A literary masterpiece, one of the 20th century's outstanding examples of nature writing." (Independent

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A perfect meditation on the natural world

It doesn't matter where I drop the needle on this meditative collection of thoughts and observations, I'm always engaged, drawn-in. I love to close my eyes and let the narrator transport me into a natural world I care not to leave. Great find for me. Thank you, tj granack