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by Nicholas Drayson


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A beguiling novel that does for contemporary Kenya and its 1,000 species of birds what Alexander McCall Smith’s Ladies Detective series does for Botswana.

A beguiling novel that does for contemporary Kenya and its 1,000 species of birds what Alexander McCall Smith’s Ladies Detective series does for Botswana. For the past three years, the widower Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East African Ornithological Society.

Birds of East Africa. You never know exactly how many kinds of birds you will see on the Tuesday morning bird walk of the East African Ornithological Society but you can be sure to see a kite

Birds of East Africa. You never know exactly how many kinds of birds you will see on the Tuesday morning bird walk of the East African Ornithological Society but you can be sure to see a kite. Expert scavengers, they thrive on the detritus of human society in and around Nairobi. At his first school sports day (how many years ago was that now – could it really be fifty?) Mr Malik remembered little of the sprinting and javelin throwing and fathers’ sack race but he would never forget the kite which swooped down from nowhere to snatch a devilled chicken leg from his very hand.

The Author: Nicholas Drayson was born in England and has worked in a journalist in the United Kingdom, Kenya and Australia. His third novel, A Guide to the Birds of East Africa was published in 2008. Living in Australia since 1982 he has studied zoology and has a PhD in Australian natural history writing. His first novel, Confessing a Murder was published in 2002 and Love and the Platypus in 2007. This novel counts towards my participation in the Global Reading Challenge.

For lovers of Alexander McCall Smith, Nicholas Drayson introduces the charming Mr Malik and the East African Ornithological Society in A Guide to the Birds of East Africa. Reserved, honourable Mr Malik. Not even his closest friends know it, but Mr Malik is head-over-heels in love with the leader of the local Tuesday-morning bird walk, Rose Mbikwa. Little can he imagine the hurdles that lie before him.

NICHOLAS DRAYSON has written extensively about wildlife and natural history; he is also the author of Confessing a Murder, which was hailed by Booklist for . I can't wait to read his next, Guide to the Beasts of East Africa. One person found this helpful.

NICHOLAS DRAYSON has written extensively about wildlife and natural history; he is also the author of Confessing a Murder, which was hailed by Booklist for its view of Darwin never before seen. An Englishman by birth, Drayson lived in Nairobi for two years.

Rather than force her to choose between them, the two men agree to a clever solution: whoever can identify the most species of birds in one week’s time will win the privilege of asking Ms. Mbikwa to the ball. Set against a lush Kenyan landscape rich with wildlife and political intrigue, this humorous novel is a welcome respite from our crazy world (USA Today). If you are a fan of Alexander McCall Smith’s, you’ll find Drayson’s knowing, sprightly writing just as entertaining. People a sheer delight for birders and nonbirders alike

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You never know exactly how many kinds of birds you will see on the Tuesday morning bird walk of the East African Ornithological Society but you can be sure to see a kite

You never know exactly how many kinds of birds you will see on the Tuesday morning bird walk of the East African Ornithological Society but you can be sure to see a kite. At his first school sports day (how many years ago was that now-could it really be fifty?)

Reserved, honourable Mr Malik.

Reserved, honourable Mr Malik. Even as he plucks up the courage to ask for Rose's hand, thieves, potential kidnappers and corrupt officials, not to mention one particularly determined love rival,.

Reserved, honourable Mr Malik. You wouldn't notice him in a Nairobi street - except, perhaps, to comment on his carefully sculpted combover - but beneath his unprepossessing exterior lies a warm heart and a secret passion. Not even his friends at the Asadi Club know it, but Mr Malik is head over heels in love with the leader of the Tuesday morning bird walk of the East African Ornithological Society, Rose Mbikwa. While Mr Malik hesitantly plans how he will ask Rose to the annual Hunt Ball, flashy Harry Kahn arrives in town and makes it clear that he too has Rose in his sights. When Mr Malik blurts out his feelings at the Club a wager is set: whoever sees the most birds in a week will ask Rose to the ball. With boats, planes and guides to get him to the choicest birdwatching spots in Kenya, Harry Kahn is soon noting down everything from pearl-breasted swallows to spurwinged plovers. But Mr Malik is not so easily beaten and with unorthodox methods and far-flung adventures of his own, he's determined to stay in the game.

Comments: (7)

Silvermaster
I'm already a fan of McCall Smith's books and if you are, too, and have, as is my case read all his books, you're in luck, there is more joy to be had because this book is certainly for you. The protagonist, Mr. Malik and his friends at the Asadi Club are utterly charmingly depicted. Mr Malik's nemesis isn't made so by being written as a bad, mean or treacherousness man which is such a relief; he is allowed his humanity. My only complaint would be that Ms Rose Mbikwa isn't fully imagined. It almost seems to me as if this book had been aimed at the male audience, though I can't imagine that. So, perhaps it was written for the pleasure of the author, himself. If so, I see nothing wrong with that.

I was afraid that all that bird watching and describing would lose me as I'm not a bird fan in particular. But Drayson brought enough charm and variety to this past time so that it integrated as a welcome part of the book. I can't wait to read his next, Guide to the Beasts of East Africa.
Jaiarton
The title is deceptive, as this is not at all a field guide. It's a lighthearted story about Indian immigrants living in Kenya who like to watch birds. A short book, easy to read in one sitting, my wife and I both enjoyed it and have given it as a gift to several birder friends.
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An absolutely beautiful, charming, exciting, and fun tale of the different types of love and the search for them, each concept linked by the beautiful birds of Kenya. I couldn’t have enjoyed it more!
Faebei
So much so, that I read it in two sittings. I didn't love it, but I liked it. Very sweet. And I learned about birds of Africa!
Grosho
Enjoyed the story,enjoyed the information about the birds.The author has a interesting way of writing.Just when you thought you had it figured out it surprised you...
Rexfire
I enjoyed reading about Kenya and the birds in this book, but there is not much substance to the story. The characters are not well-developed and the story is a bit silly. I would not read another in this series.
Prorahun
This is a charming, pleasant entertainment with a few moral lessons some of which are a bit heavy-handed but most of which the reader absorbs without really knowing it. If you like stories set in East Africa, as I do, this will be at least an absorbing diversion. It should be noted that what you will learn only about East African birds and their habitat is rather slight. In fact the whole novel is rather slight, but sweetly so and it is so unassuming that it sems unfair to hold its lightness against it.
If you too like docile stories that are rich in characters, entertaining and have a happy ending, this one's for you. A beautiful little story, light and delicious not like whipped cream, because that's too light, but not like pecan pie, that's too heavy. More of a chocolate mousse: a bit of rich flavor and delightful to consume. I had just read Franzen's Freedom and this was the perfect book to follow as it doesn't take itself too seriously. Took me 2 days and it was a very happy 2 days knowing that this was waiting for me every time I had a spare moment.
Guide To The Birds Of East Africa,A download epub
Contemporary
Author: Nicholas Drayson
ISBN: 0670917583
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Viking (July 1, 2008)
Pages: 160 pages