About The Author
Jeremy Mynott (author photo by Charlie Troman) has spent most of his working life in publishing, moving up from editor to chief executive at Cambridge University Press. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.
He has had a life-long interest in ornithology. For the last 25 years he has lived in Suffolk, where he is a regular birdwatcher. His other favourite locations around the world include the Hebrides, the Isles of Scilly, the Volga Delta and New York's Central Park.
He is the author of Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience, a unique meditation on the variety of human responses to birds, from antiquity to today, and from casual observers to the globe-trotting 'twitchers' who sometimes risk life, limb, and marriages simply to log new species.
Drawing extensively on literature, history, philosophy and science, Jeremy puts his own experiences as a birdwatcher in a rich cultural context. His sources range from the familiar - Thoreau, Keats, Darwin and Audubon - to the unexpected - Benjamin Franklin, Giacomo Puccini, Oscar Wilde and Monty Python.
The book also features extensive illustrations, featuring the many different representations of birds in images as diverse as national emblems, women's hats, professional sports logos and biscuit tins, as well as classics of bird art.
Here Jeremy picks the ten books on birds that have most influenced and informed him and tells us a little about why each one is such an engaging read.