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The Nightingale Reviews

The Nightingale by Sam Lee

The Nightingale: 'The nature book of the year'

Sam Lee

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1 review

Imprint: Century
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 25 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781529124835

'Wondering and wonderful. The nature book of the year.' JOHN LEWIS-STEMPEL

4 stars out of 5
Alex Preston
16 May 2021

"The folk singer offers a lyrical homage to the endangered migrant bird whose uniquely beautiful song he has been communing with up close for years"

Lee ends by imagining that, in the not-too-distant future, every year, when “spring is firmly stirring from its winter sleep”, families might get together to “do a Nightingaler” – seeking out the birds in the woods in May. There, they would stop and bask in the unique beauty of the nightingale’s song, and reflect upon how wonderful it is to “hear this bird again after a long, cold winter”. From this recognition, this intense noticing, a movement to conserve the birds might grow. Certainly my appreciation of however many nightingalers are left to me will be for ever heightened by the time I’ve spent with this generous, sensitive book about our most glorious songbird.