Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time - a True Story about Birdwatching
Sean Dooley seems like a well adjusted, functioning member of society but beneath the respectable veneer he harbours a dark secret. He is a hard-core birdwatcher (aka twitcher').
Sean takes a year off to try to break the Australian twitching record - he has to see more than 700 birds in twelve months. Travelling the length and breadth of Australia, he stops at nothing in search of this birdwatching Holy Grail, blowing his inheritance, his career prospects and any chance he has of finding a girlfriend.
Part confessional, part travelogue, this is a true story about obsession. It's about seeking the meaning of life, trying to work out what normal' is, and searching for the elusive Grey Falcon (the bird, not the car). Sean's story of how he followed his childhood dream of becoming a national champion is both inspiring and ridiculous. Could this be the most pathetic great achievement in Australian history?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PGAllison - LibraryThing
I'm a bird nerd myself, so loved this book, but after thrusting it repeatedly under my non-birdwatching fiance's nose found that she liked it too, and understood my compulsion a little better. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Jillq - LibraryThing
Very entertaining, easy to read and interesting. I'm jsut starting to get interested in birdwatching so this is a great introduction. The author travels around Australia trying to see 700 bird species in a year. He has written comedy for television so it's an amusing read. Read full review
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