The Robin

A Biography

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473546109

Category: Nature

Page: 208

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'There is no doubt that Moss’s book, with its charming cover and quaint illustrations, will make it into many a stocking this year' The Times No other bird is quite so ever-present and familiar, so embedded in our culture, as the robin. With more than six million breeding pairs, the robin is second only to the wren as Britain’s most common bird. It seems to live its life alongside us, in every month and season of the year. But how much do we really know about this bird? In The Robin Stephen Moss records a year of observing the robin both close to home and in the field to shed light on the hidden life of this apparently familiar bird. We follow its lifecycle from the time it enters the world as an egg, through its time as a nestling and juvenile, to the adult bird; via courtship, song, breeding, feeding, migration – and ultimately, death. At the same time we trace the robin's relationship with us: how did this particular bird – one of more than 300 species in its huge and diverse family – find its way so deeply and permanently into our nation’s heart and its social and cultural history? It’s a story that tells us as much about ourselves as it does about the robin itself.
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The Robin

The Life of Britain's Favourite Bird

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: Square Peg

ISBN: 9781910931318

Category: Human-animal relationships

Page: 208

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Selected as a Book of the Year 2017 in The Times 'There is no doubt that Moss's book, with its charming cover and quaint illustrations, will make it into many a stocking this year' The Times No other bird is quite so ever-present and familiar, so embedded in our culture, as the robin. With more than six million breeding pairs, the robin is second only to the wren as Britain's most common bird. It seems to live its life alongside us, in every month and season of the year. But how much do we really know about this bird? In The Robin Stephen Moss records a year of observing the robin both close to home and in the field to shed light on the hidden life of this apparently familiar bird. We follow its lifecycle from the time it enters the world as an egg, through its time as a nestling and juvenile, to the adult bird; via courtship, song, breeding, feeding, migration - and ultimately, death. At the same time we trace the robin's relationship with us: how did this particular bird - one of more than 300 species in its huge and diverse family - find its way so deeply and permanently into our nation's heart and its social and cultural history? It's a story that tells us as much about ourselves as it does about the robin itself.
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Sweet Robin

A Biography of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, 1533-1588

Author: Derek A. Wilson

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton

ISBN: N.A

Category: Favorites, Royal

Page: 355

View: 6758

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Robin Williams

A Biography

Author: Andy Dougan

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9781560252139

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 266

View: 8976

A biography written with the benefit of interviews with the actor himself, as well as his co-stars and longtime friends, chronicles his isolated childhood, his rise to fame, and his battle against drug addiction
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Mrs Moreau's Warbler

How Birds Got Their Names

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 178335092X

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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Swallow and starling, puffin and peregrine, blue tit and blackcap. We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who created them? The words we use to name birds are some of the most lyrical and evocative in the English language. They also tell incredible stories: of epic expeditions, fierce battles between rival ornithologists, momentous historical events and touching romantic gestures. Through fascinating encounters with birds, and the rich cast of characters who came up with their names, in Mrs Moreau's Warbler Stephen Moss takes us on a remarkable journey through time. From when humans and birds first shared the earth to our fraught present-day coexistence, Moss shows how these names reveal as much about ourselves and our relationship with the natural world as about the creatures they describe.
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Butch Cassidy

A Biography

Author: Richard M. Patterson

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803287563

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 362

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Presents an account of the life, times, and crimes of the legendary outlaw
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A Bird in the Bush

A Social History of Birdwatching

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1781310092

Category: Nature

Page: 384

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DIV ‘A wonderful book… beautifully told. He packs his pages with fascinating, often hilarious anecdotes and information. A social history which is a surprise and a delight’ Val Hennessy, Daily Mail Critic’s Choice Scholarly, authoritative and above all supremely readable, Stephen Moss’s book is the first to trace the fascinating history of how and why people have watched birds for pleasure, from the beginnings with Gilbert White in the eighteenth century through World War Two POWs watching birds from inside their prison camp all the way to today’s ‘twitchers’ with their bleeping pagers, driving hundreds of miles for a rare tick. ‘Thoroughly researched and well-written’ Mark Crocker, Guardian ‘Moss knows his subject intimately and writes about it with just the right mixture of affection and occasional quizzicality’ Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph ‘It would be difficult to imagine anyone producing a more comprehensive, thoughtful, intelligent and entertaining examination of how people have watched birds at each point in history. In fact, it is one of the few books which might prove such compulsive reading that even a dedicated twitcher might forego a day in the field to stay at home to finish it’ Bryan Bland, Birding World /div
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The Book of Iris

A Life of Robin Hyde

Author: Derek Challis,Gloria Rawlinson

Publisher: Auckland University Press

ISBN: 9781869402679

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 778

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This biography of Robin Hyde (Iris Wilkinson) contains accounts of her hidden pregnancies, experience as a lone parent, dependence on drugs, intimate aquaintance with sexism and poverty, mental breakdown, and an extraordinary trip in China during the Sino-Japanese War.
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Steve Jobs

Author: Walter Isaacson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451648545

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 630

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Draws on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs, as well as interviews with family members, friends, competitors, and colleagues to offer a look at the co-founder and leading creative force behind the Apple computer company.
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Wild Hares and Hummingbirds

The Natural History of an English Village

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099552469

Category: Natural history

Page: 320

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Stephen Moss lives in one of the longest villages in England -- Mark, on the Somerset Levels: a watery wonderland steeped in history. This ancient country parish has been reclaimed from the sea over many centuries and today the landscape bears witness to its eventful past, and is criss-crossed with watery ditches and broad droves, down which livestock was once taken to market. These are now home to a rich selection of wildlife: rooks and roe deer; sparrows and snowdrops; buzzards, badgers and butterflies; the iconic brown hare and the spectacular hummingbird hawk-moth. As the year unfolds, Moss witnesses the landscape as it passes from deep snow to spring blossom, through the heat haze of summer to the chill winds of autumn; from the first hazel catkins to the swallows returning from Africa; from the sounds of the dawn chorus to the nocturnal mysteries of moths. Wild Hares and Hummingbirds is both the story of a small corner of the West Country and a celebration of the natural world.
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Thelonious Monk

The Life and Times of an American Original

Author: Robin Kelley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439190461

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 8355

A comprehensive profile of the enigmatic jazz pianist and composer offers insight into his origins, his early musical career, and the mid-twentieth-century cultural upheavals that shaped his personal and creative life.
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What the Robin Knows

How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

Author: Jon Young

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547451253

Category: Nature

Page: 241

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Shares strategies for expanding one's awareness of bird communication and maintaining a non-threatening presence in natural environments, explaining the sounds and behaviors that reflect various bird warnings, feelings and messages. 35,000 first printing.
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Robin Hood

A Mythic Biography

Author: Stephen Thomas Knight

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801438851

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 247

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One of the world's foremost authorities on the only mythical person in the Dictionary of National Biography delves deeply into the Robin Hood story, probing ballads, epitaphs on old gravestones, and Disney films in search of the man behind the legend. (Mythology & Folklore)
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Maggie Smith: A Biography

A Biography

Author: Michael Coveney

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466893397

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith. Michael Coveney's biography shines a light on the life and career of a truly remarkable performer, one whose stage and screen career spans six decades. From her days as a West End star of comedy and revue, Dame Maggie's path would cross with those of the greatest actors, playwrights and directors of the era. Whether stealing scenes from Richard Burton, answering back to Laurence Olivier, or playing opposite Judi Dench in Breath of Life, her career can be seen as a 'Who's Who' of British theatre. Her film and television career has been just as starry. From the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and the meddling chaperone in A Room With a View to the Harry Potter films in which she played Minerva McGonagall (as she put it 'Miss Jean Brodie in a wizard's hat') and the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films in which she played the wise Muriel Donnelly, Smith has thrilled, engaged and made audiences laugh. As Violet Crawley, the formidable Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey she conquered millions more. Paradoxically she remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public. Michael Coveney's absorbing biography, written with the actress's blessing and drawing on personal archives, as well as interviews with immediate family and close friends, is a portrait of one of the greatest actors of our time.
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Robin

Author: Dave Itzkoff

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627794255

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.
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Robin Williams

When the Laughter Stops, 1951-2014

Author: Emily Herbert

Publisher: John Blake

ISBN: 9781784183004

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

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At midday on 11 August 2014, much-loved comedian Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his California home. From Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji and Aladdin to Good WillHunting and Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams brought laughter - and deep joy - to a generation. Robin Williams was sparklingly funny, a lightning-fast omproviser and a wonderful comic. But what touched millions of people was the warmth and compassion he exuded. The deeply tragic manner in which he took his own life has come as a shock to the world and caused people to wonder about the desperately troubled life behind the laughter he gave to millions.
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A Sky Full of Starlings

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781842627501

Category: Bird watchers

Page: 263

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Stephen Moss began on 1st January 2007 to chronicle each species of bird as he was seeing it for the first time, and continued to do so until 31st December. Here he writes about what he saw, where he saw it, who he was with, and what it made him think and feel.
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The Rookie

An Odyssey through Chess (and Life)

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408189712

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 416

View: 1904

Chess has been played for more than 1,500 years and is played in every country in the world. Stephen Moss sets out to master its mysteries, and unlock the secret of its enduring appeal. What, he asks, is the essence of chess? And what will it reveal about his own character along the way? In a witty, accessible style that will delight newcomers and irritate purists, Moss imagines the world as a board and marches across it, offering a mordant report on the world of chess in 64 chapters – 64 of course being the number of squares on the chessboard. He alternates between "black†? chapters – where he plays, largely uncomprehendingly, in tournaments – and "white†? chapters, where he seeks advice from the current crop of grandmasters and delves into the lives of great players of the past. It is both a history of the game and a kind of "Zen and the Art of Chess†?; a practical guide and a self-help book: Moss's quest to understand chess and become a better player is really an attempt to escape a lifetime of dilettantism. He wants to become an expert at one thing. What will be the consequences when he realises he is doomed to fail? Moss travels to Russia and the US – hotbeds of chess throughout the 20th century; meets people who knew Bobby Fischer when he was growing up and tries to unravel the enigma of that tortured genius who died in 2008 at the inevitable age of 64; meets Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen, world champions past and present; and keeps bumping into Armenian superstar Levon Aronian in the gents at tournaments. He becomes champion of Surrey, wins tournaments in Chester and Bury St Edmunds, and holds his own at the famous event in the Dutch seaside resort of Wijk aan Zee (until a last-round meltdown), but too often he is beaten by precocious 10-year-olds and finds it hard to resist the urge to punch them. He looks for spiritual fulfilment in the game, but mostly finds mental torture.
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