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Bloomsbury, 353 pp., £25, May 2018, 978 1 4088 7848 4Show More
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Faber, 357 pp., £16.99, February 2018, 978 1 78335 090 2Show More
“... modern bird books, and through it Francis Willughby became the ancestor of modern ornithology. The Wonderful Mr Willughby is the story of Willughby’s short life, elegantly and engagingly told by TimBirkhead, with the creation of the Ornithology as its central drama. Willughby died in 1672 aged 36, before he had finished any of the major works which bear his name – just a few papers on wasp ...”