Orison for a Curlew by Horatio Clare

“A gem among the growing crop of books on our relationship with endangered birds.”  James Attlee

“Who knew a sanderling is so beautiful — a creature made of snow and cream, feathered with light?  This sentence alone makes me want to read everything Horatio Clare writes.” The Spectator

Birds are key environmental indicators. Their health or hardship has a message for us about the planet, and our future. What does the fate of the Slender-billed curlew mean for us and the natural world? What happened to it, and why? Orison for a Curlew journeys through a fractured Europe in search of the Slender-billed curlew, following the bird’s migratory path on an odyssey that takes us into the lives of the men and women who have fought to save the landscapes to which the bird belongs. This is a story of beauty, triumph and the struggles of conservation. It is a homage to a creature that may never be seen again.


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Paperback with flaps | 225mm x 150mm |  120 pages

Jacket artwork and illustrations  by Bea Forshall




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Horatio Clare is a critically acclaimed author and journalist. His first book, Running for the Hills: A Family Story, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His second book, Truant is ‘a stunningly-written memoir’, according to the Irish TimesA Single Swallow: Following an Epic Journey from South Africa to South Wales, was shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year; Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men won the Stanford-Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2015. Horatio’s first book for children, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, won the Branford Boase Award 2016 for best debut children’s book. Orison for A Curlew was Horatio’s first book book for Little Toller; he is also the author of Something of his Art He lives in West Yorkshire.

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Weight150 g
Dimensions13 × 150 × 228 mm


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