The Birds They Sang

The Birds They Sang Stanislaw Lubienski
Original publisher Czarne (Poland), 2016
Publisher (UK) The Westbourne Press, April 2020
International publishers Editions Noir sur Blanc (France)




Birds have inspired people since the dawn of time. They are the notes behind Mozart’s genius, the colours behind Audubon’s art and ballet’s swansong.

In The Birds They Sang, Stanisław Łubienski sheds light on some of history’s most meaningful bird and human interactions, from historical bird watchers in a German POW camp, to Billy and Kes in A Kestrel for a Knave. He muses on what exactly Hitchcock’s birds had in mind and reveals the true story behind the real James Bond. Undiscouraged by damp, discomfort and a reed bunting’s curse, Łubienski bears witness to the difficulties birds face today as people fail to accommodate them in rapidly changing times.

A soaring exploration of our fascination with birds, The Birds They Sang opens a vast realm of astonishing sounds, colours and meanings – a complete world in which we humans are never alone.


Praise for The Birds They Sang

‘An enchanting and thought-provoking mix of close observation of birds and cultural history, told with a new and refreshing perspective.’
Stephen Moss

‘An original and delightful book – intelligent and tender. Stanisław Łubienski is a warm-hearted guide, at once modest and passionate, funny and quizzical, and always brilliant on his birds.’
Tim Dee

‘A real balm to the soul.’
– Jackie Morris, winner of Kate Greenaway Medal 2019

‘A superlative deep dive into the natural world and humanity’s role in it … Łubieński is infectious in his enthusiasms … This is a life-affirming work on what we as humans can learn about the avian world and what an attentive study of birds can teach us about ourselves.’
– New Internationalist *****


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