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History isn't so much about the passage of time as the study of change – how did we get from then to now, from there to here? To write the history of birds and people, you can look at how they've changed us, or you can look at how we've changed them. An Indifference of Birds seeks to do the second thing; this is a book about our place in their history.
Richard Smyth is a writer and critic. His work appears regularly in the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement, and his books include A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When the Birds Sing (2017). He lives with his family in Shipley, West Yorkshire.
"[...] I whole-heartedly commend it, and the author, for the quality of his writing, the clarity of his thought, and his passion for those indifferent birds!"
– Mark Wilson, BTO News 335, summer 2020