Books about our feathered friends

 The Snow Goose coverThanks to the Scottish Booktrust for ‘What you never knew about the avians’ for some of these suggestions  From prose to poetry to non-fiction, birds have been the inspiration for countless writers over the years. Soar higher with these books about our feather friends

 The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. “The Snow Goose” centres on Philip, a hunchback, who lives alone in an lighthouse, except for the flocks of geese, and a young girl from the local village who brings him a snow goose wounded by a gun shot. Also included in this collection is “The Small Miracle”

A kestrel for a knave

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines. Unsentimental story of the remarkable relationship between the desperate Billy, a friendless boy living in a soulless northern town, and the equally destructive, fierce kestrel, Kes, which he raises from the nest

  A Single Swallow by Horatio Clare. Follows an epic migratory journey from South Africa to South Wales A single swallow: following an epic journey from South Africa to South Wales

Corvus: a life with birdsCorvus a life with birds by Esther Woolfson.

Esther Woolfson’s daughter rescued a fledgling rook named Chicken whohas lived with the family ever since – along with a talking magpie named Spike and a crow named Ziki. A blend of memoir and natural history, this book brings Chicken and the others vividly to life


 Wild geese: selected poemsWild Geese selected poems from the world poetry series by Mary Oliver

The pigeonThe Pigeon by Patrick Suskind. Jonathan Noel, a solitary Parisian bank security guard undergoes an existential crisis when a pigeon roosts in front of his one-room apartment’s door, prohibiting him entrance to his private sanctuary. The story takes place in one day, and follows how this seemingly insignificant event compounds to threaten Noel’s sanity. The titular pigeon is a symbol for disorder intruding on the protagonist’s meticulously organized existence


The goldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle