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A poignant yet hilarious trip into the arcane global of birdwatching by means of probably the most renowned names in British comedy, Bearded Tit is Rory McGrath’s tale of lifestyles between birds. From a Cornish boyhood wandering gorse-tipped cliffs hearing the music of the yellowhammer along with his imaginary female friend, or drawing gravity-defying jackdaws at school whilst he must have been utilizing himself to physics, to quoting the Latin names of birds to offer himself a scuffling with probability with the main appealing woman he had ever noticeable. As an grownup, or what passes for one, Rory recounts changing into a card-carrying birdwatcher, looking at his first skylark—peerless king of the summer time sky—while stoned; his time and again failed makes an attempt to wake up on the morning time just like the genuine twitchers; and his incorrect bid to coach his totally unreconstructed consuming mate Danny within the methods of birding. Rory’s story is a completely academic, sometimes lyrical, and hugely a laugh romp in the course of the hidden byways of birdwatching and all its attendant arcane wisdom.

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