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Homing

Homing

‘Big-hearted and quietly gripping’ Guardian

‘I love Jon Day’s writing and his birds. A marvellous, soaring account’
Olivia Laing


‘[A] beautiful book about unbeautiful birds’ Observer

‘This is nature writing at its best’ Financial Times

‘Every page of this beautifully written book brought me pleasure’ Charlotte Higgins


‘A vivid evocation of a remarkable species and a rich working-class tradition. It’s also a charming defence of a much-maligned bird, which will make any reader look at our cooing, waddling, junk-food-loving feathered friends very differently in future’ Daily Mail

‘Endlessly interesting and dazzlingly erudite, this wonderful book will make a home for itself in your heart’ Prospect

As a boy, Jon Day was fascinated by pigeons, which he used to rescue from the streets of London. Twenty years later he moved away from the city centre to the suburbs to start a family. But in moving house, he began to lose a sense of what it meant to feel at home.

Returning to his childhood obsession with the birds, he built a coop in his garden and joined a local pigeon racing club. Over the next few years, as he made a home with his young family in Leyton, he learned to train and race his pigeons, hoping that they might teach him to feel homed.

Having lived closely with humans for tens of thousands of years, pigeons have become powerful symbols of peace and domesticity. But they are also much-maligned, and nowadays most people think of these birds, if they do so at all, as vermin.

A book about the overlooked beauty of this species, and about what it means to dwell, Homing delves into the curious world of pigeon fancying, explores the scientific mysteries of animal homing, and traces the cultural, political and philosophical meanings of home. It is a book about the making of home and making for home: a book about why we return.
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Genre: Mathematics & Science

On Sale: 13th June 2019

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781473635395

Reviews

Homing did something I thought would be impossible - made me fall in love with the humble, familiar feral pigeon. It is both a repository of fascinating stories and memorable characters, and a deeply felt personal enquiry into the nature of 'home'. Every page of this beautifully written book brought me pleasure
Charlotte Higgins
I love Jon Day's writing and his birds. A marvellous, soaring account
Olivia Laing
In this lucid and beguiling book, Jon Day has written marvellously interwoven tale of our two species
Jonathan Raban