The Conjurer's Bird: A Novel

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Shaye Areheart Books, 2005 - Fiction - 384 pages
49 Reviews
The Conjurer’s Bird is a beautiful story in the spirit of Possession that is as exciting as The Club Dumas, inspired by one of the great puzzles of natural history: that of the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta. Seen only once, in 1774, by Captain Cook’s second expedition to the South Seas, a single specimen was captured, preserved, and brought back to England. The bird was given to famed naturalist Joseph Banks, who displayed it proudly in his collection until its sudden, unexplained disappearance.

Two hundred years later, naturalists continue to wonder if the world will ever get another glimpse of the elusive bird. Were it not for a colored drawing done by the ship’s artist, there would be nothing to say that the bird had ever existed.

The Conjurer’s Bird is a gripping literary mystery and passionate love story that tackles the intrigue surrounding the celebrated Banks, his secret affair with an enigmatic woman known only as “Miss B,” and the legendary bird that becomes a touchstone for their love.

Seamlessly spanning two time periods, The Conjurer’s Bird is at once the story of this romance and of a present-day conservationist named Fitz, who is drawn into a thrilling and near-impossible race to find the elusive bird’s only known remains.




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User Review  - William Freeman - Goodreads

Wasn't a bad read with some interesting historical insights, but this will be a book that in a few years time I will probably have trouble remembering. Read full review

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User Review  - Suzanne Cooper - Goodreads

I liked the premise of this story of British Naturalist Joseph Banks & his search for the elusive Ulieta bird. It was entertaining enough to keep me reading to the end, but was NOT "gripping ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Martin Davies, a senior producer at BBC Television, is the author of two mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes’s housekeeper. He lives in London.

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