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Bonkers Birding

Biography / Memoir
By: John Lee(Author), Jack Lee(Foreword By)
297 pages, b/w photos
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Bonkers Birding
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  • Bonkers Birding ISBN: 9781908241542 Paperback Dec 2017 In stock
Price: £9.99
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About this book

It's bonkers alright, but then again, it's what some birders do!

In this lively and humorous account, John Lee guides us through his journey on becoming an addictive bird watcher, starting gently enough with visiting bird reserves on the Suffolk coast with his brother and parents to look for rarities. But then this interest swiftly evolved into a full-blown passion, a passion that survived a spell at university, service in the Royal Hong Kong Police, and even very nearly ruined early romantic encounters with his wife-to-be, Victoria.

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  • He's bonkers!
    By Keith 19 Jul 2019 Written for Paperback
    There have many personal accounts of people’s birding lives, and this is the latest. John Lee is in his early fifties and became a birder when he was a child. As with most of us, family holidays were of great significance, cementing that immediate interest. Early birding experiences in Scotland and Suffolk are recounted with great affection as are annual trips to The Scilly Isles. A seven-year spell in Hong Kong adds a different dimension and takes John away from UK birding, after which he returns to finally get his 400th bird. This personal tale of the ups and downs of life and birding show how at times our bonkers hobby can, in fact, stop us from going bonkers!
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After obtaining an English degree, John Lee worked for the Royal Hong Kong Police Force before returning to the UK to complete an MBA. Currently, he is Head of International Security at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg where he lives with his wife Victoria and son Jack (step daughter Molly has flown the nest).John is still birding wherever and whenever possible!

Biography / Memoir
By: John Lee(Author), Jack Lee(Foreword By)
297 pages, b/w photos
Publisher: Brambleby Books
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"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is well-written and comes as close as any book I have read to explaining why people go birding or twitching. The book also resists the temptation of just listing foreign holidays and the birds seen which can become a little boring to the reader [...] I would thoroughly recommend this book to any keen birdwatcher."
– Nick Carter, BTO book reviews

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