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Nature’s Engraver


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Nature’s Engraver by Jenny Uglow is in paperback at 15.50 euros. Thomas Bewick’s History of British Birds, published at the end of the 18th Century, was the first field guide for ordinary people and illustrated by woodcuts.

In this biography, Jenny Uglow tells a story of violent change, radical politics, lost ways of life and the beauty of the wild in the journey through our lasting obsession with the natural world.

In her beautifully-written and sympathetic account of Bewick’s life, Uglow paints a portrait of a man compelled to share his love of and fascination with birds with the public.