Author Stacey O’Brien, Constable, ISBN 978-1-84901-058-0, P
This New York Times bestseller tells the story of a young biologist who rescues a four-day-old Barn Owl with a broken wing, then cares for it for almost 20 years because it’s incapable of surviving alone in the wild. In turn, it plays its part in helping her to get through a serious illness. OK, so it will tug at the heartstrings shamelessly, and so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s also a lot of interesting material in here about owl behaviour in general. One for the beach, maybe.
MATT MERRITT, AUGUST 2009