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Our first official book review!

We opened the September edition of Birdwatching Magazine with even more excitement than normal when it arrived on the doormat. We’d been invited to write a piece for the magazine on The Biggest Twitch 2008, this time focusing on our motivation for undertaking the trip and how we organised it all, rather than the particular countries we’d visited.

Of course when you send off a piece, you never quite know how the editor may change it, and how it’ll really look in print, but we’re delighted with the result, and we just love the map showing our crazy madcap route around the globe. We’ve never seen it quite like that before, and it really brought home just how far removed our final chase round the birding hotspots of the world was from our original leisurely round-the-world birding idea.

Biggest Twitch map

Around the world in 366 days! Birdwatching Magazine's map of our journey

The article is rounded up with a list of 12 of our favourite species plus a small selection of bird photos. All in all, it’s a great piece, and if we hadn’t already done it, it would be enough to get us packing our bags and heading off around the globe to chase a world record.

But that’s not all. Birdwatching magazine also included our first official book review. We turned to P87 with trembling fingers, what would Matt Merritt have to say? Well, in short, he likes it! A very fair review, spotting the fact that Alan is totally bird-obsessed through and through, while Ruth takes broader perspective on life. He liked the idea of our alternate chapter-writing and was pleased to read about our problems and pitfalls amongst the bird names, enjoying the ‘birding ‘eureka’ moments’ of our big year. When a professional reviewer says he’s been ‘inspired as well as entertained’, you can’t really ask for more than that!

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Matt Merritt's Birdwatching Magazine Review


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