John Lewis-Stempel is the author of The Wild Life, Meadowland, Where Poppies Grow, The Running Hare, The Secret Life of the Owl and most recently, The Wood- the life and times of Cockshutt Wood. He has twice won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, for Meadowland and Where Poppies Grow, and was shortlisted for The Running Hare, which was also shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award and the Richard Jefferies Society Award. He writes a column on nature and farming for Country Life and was the 2016 BSME Magazine Columnist of the Year. He lives on the borders of England and Wales with his wife and two children.
"A charming essay...packed with facts and literary asides...Lewis-Stempel has a wonderful way with words...he also packs the book with the singing, ringing words of others." -- Robbie Millen * The Times * "Best of the year's Natural History: one of our finest nature writers with an essay length portrait of a bird that has fascinated humans for millennia." * Mail on Sunday * "John Lewis-Stempel is the hottest nature writer around." -- John McEwen * Spectator * "In this short, beautiful little book, the farmer and nature writer introduces us to the wisdom of owls.. every question you might ask ... is answered with economy and insight and the cultural references and quotations are as rich as you would expect from this brilliant writer." -- Bel Mooney * Daily Mail * "John is one of this country's greatest nature writers...this is a unique look at the Owl's of Britain in both word and verse...some incredible facts... a wonderful little book for anyone who wants to know a little more of some of our most secret of birds and ones that should be celebrated." * The Last Word *