Golden Hare Books is delighted to welcome Miriam Darlington to the shop to discuss her incredible new book, Owl Sense. A night for nature lovers, this complex book takes in themes of the natural world, family experience, and what it means to be in touch with nature.
‘A beautiful book; wise and sharp-eared as its subject’ – Robert Macfarlane
‘Captivating’ – The Times
‘Achingly beautiful’ – Guardian
‘Vivid and engaging’ – Sunday Times
‘Her softness took my breath away. Deadly beauty. She turned her face towards me. There is a narrow area that falls between pleasing and preposterous, and this owl’s circular face and bright yellow eyes fitted into it with perfect grace…’
Owls have captivated the human imagination for millennia. We have fixated on this night hunter as predator, messenger, emblem of wisdom or portent of doom. In Owl Sense, Miriam Darlington sets out to tell a new story.
Her fieldwork begins with wild encounters in the British Isles, on the owl walks she takes with her teenage son Benji. From here, Darlington seeks to identify every European species of this charismatic and elusive bird, on a journey that will take her from southern Spain through France, Serbia and Finland, and to the frosted borders of the Arctic.
Along the way, however, Benji succumbs to a mysterious and disabling illness, and her owl quest soon becomes entangled with the search for his cure.
Owl Sense is a book about the wild in nature and in the unpredictable course of our human lives. In her watching and deep listening to owls in the natural world, Darlington cleaves myth from reality and brings the strangeness and magnificence of these creatures to life.
Miriam Darlington was born in Lewes, Sussex, and now lives in Totnes with her
two dogs, one cat, two children, and one husband. She has tracked and studied
wildlife for most of her life and is an avid bird-watcher, expert owl-finder, and top
otter-spotter. She has a degree in Modern Languages, a PhD in Nature Writing,
a certificate in Field Ecology and is a Nature Notebook columnist at The Times.
Her first book, Otter Country, was published in 2012. She currently teaches
Creative Writing at Plymouth University and spends the rest of her time writing
and researching about wildlife and the people in its grasp.