‘I tend my herd and flock by day so I have to read into the night; I cannot put it down’ – Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows
‘A celebration of a life spent immersed in nature’ – Town & Country
‘I want to find out how they behave when they’re free.’
Bird Cottage is a beautiful novel based on the true story of a remarkable woman, British naturalist Len Howard. This is an inspiring and moving piece of nature writing from Eva Meijer on Howard’s lifelong relationship with birds and the joy she drew from it, and should be next on your reading list if you loved H is for Hawk and The Secret Life of Cows!
Len Howard was forty years old when she decided to leave her London life and loves behind, retire to the English countryside and devote the rest of her days to her one true passion: birds.
Moving to a small cottage in Sussex, she wrote two bestselling books, astonishing the world with her observations on the tits, robins, sparrows and other birds that lived nearby, flew freely in and out of her windows, and would even perch on her shoulder as she typed.
This moving novel imagines the story of this remarkable woman’s decision to defy society’s expectations, and the joy she drew from her extraordinary relationship with the natural world.