A beautiful and important book
'We owe a debt to a writer like McCarthy, who paints so well the portrait of natural riches we think our birthright ... McCarthy paints a portrait of a magical bird universe'
'This is a joyful book'
'Michael McCarthy is one of the best environmental journalists there is'
'This is a valuable guide to what we'll soon miss'
'This is the most important book I have read for a long time ... it boils with enthusiasm ... many will greatly enjoy the rich and informative prose ... to not read this book is a crime against conservation and the cost is almost beyond comprehension'
A stark picture of the fate of migratory birds
'This book could easily have been a grim litany of despair ... instead Michael McCarthy has taken the opportunity to celebrate our summer migrants ... this book reminds us of what we stand to lose and why we cannot afford to take the cuckoo for granted'
'An impassioned hymn to the wonder of the annual display of migrating birds and a robust warning'
'A rich ornithological tapestry ... buy this book, enjoy it'
'One of my heroes - writer Mike McCarthy - paints an all too harrowing picture of a landscape robbed of this iconic sound in his new tour de force Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo'
'McCarthy spent the spring of 2008 following the "spring-bringers" . . . and celebrates them so eloquently here you will never see or hear them in the same way again . . . cherish them now'
'A timely report from the edge of the natural world that is being eroded by ignorance and carelessness'
'An interesting book . . . Quirky observations, laced with historical and literary references, enliven the text'
'The titles sounds like an elegy, but the tone, until near the end, is upbeat and celebratory . . . he tells the story . . . with a light touch and wide open eyes'
'An environmental warning'
'McCarthy builds up the magic ... rightly McCarthy is out to warn'
'This timely book by Michael McCarthy, one of the country's leading writers on the environment, is a celebration of these migratory birds and a call to arms to help preserve them'
As well as raising the alarm, Michael McCarthy writes lyrically in praise of the songsters
'Lovely but heart-tugging book ... McCarthy's theme is twofold: to give us a vivid picture of what we have learned scientifically about birds themselves, but then beautifully to interweave it with the "human response'"
'We have been warned'
'Wake-up call to all those concerned with the UK's environment, calling for action before it's too late'
'The book does not just raise the alarm about the astonishing declines. It clebrates the migrant birds as a group, stressing the enormous cultural resonance they have across Europe'
'Courageously, McCarthy's book is a celebration as much as a warning'
'You must have and read this book'