Presented in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
“An exquisitely beautiful book …These stories about birds are ultimately reflections on the curious nature of humanity itself.”
Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk
There is no denying that many people are crazy for birds. Packed with intriguing facts and exquisite and rare artwork, Birdmania showcases an eclectic and fascinating selection of bird devotees who would do anything for their feathered friends.
In addition to well-known enthusiasts such as Aristotle, Charles Darwin, and Helen Macdonald, Brunner introduces readers to Karl Russ, the pioneer of “bird rooms”, who had difficulty renting lodgings when landlords realized who he was; George Lupton, a wealthy Yorkshire lawyer, who commissioned the theft of uniquely patterned eggs every year for twenty years from the same unfortunate female guillemot who never had a chance to raise a chick; George Archibald, who performed mating dances for an endangered whooping crane called Tex to encourage her to lay; and Mervyn Shorthouse, who posed as a wheelchair-bound invalid to steal an estimated ten thousand eggs from the Natural History Museum in Tring.
As this book illustrates, people who love birds, whether they are amateurs or professionals, are as captivating and varied as the birds that give flight to their dreams.
Bernd Brunner is the author of Bears: A Brief History, Moon: A Brief History, Inventing the Christmas Tree, and The Ocean at Home – An Illustrated History of the Aquarium. Birdmania – A Remarkable Passion for Birds will be published in October 21, 2017 in the US.
A book signing will follow the lecture. A selection of backlist titles and the author’s current book will be available for sale from Classic Lines.