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"...the book is a work of tireless outward observation, with an astonishingly inventive and precise prose style....Baker's feet may be on the ground, but his gaze is skyward, toward the birds he envies." -- Lisa Darms, Bookforum
"Remarkable...the lyrical prose hammers home the attraction of pitting predator against quarry." -- Daily Telegraph (London)
"A powerful evocation of East Anglia's winter landscape, and an unforgettable portrait of a man's passionate engagement with the natural world."
-- London Review of Books
-- BBC Wildlife Magazine "A nature study such as Mr. Baker has presented--not by any means restricted to the peregrine falcon--deserves warm praise for the remarkable perseverance and patience which has gone into its making, and when the observer is a gifted writer, as in the present instance, the result is even more gratifying."
-- Daniel A. Bannerman, The New York Review of Books "The Peregrine is one of the most beautifully written, carefully observed and evocative wildlife accounts I have ever read. Mr. Baker's patience, his discriminating and unsentimental eye, and his passionate deliberations are utterly captivating."
-- Barry Lopez "This book goes altogether outside the bird book into something less naïve, into literature, into a kind of universal rapport..."
-- Geoffrey Grigson, Sunday Times (London) "...one need not know a hawk from a handsaw to take pleasure and profit from the book. It is an account by a curious, complicated man of a curious, complicated phenomenon, that will involve, instruct and excite a reader who can never hope and may never want to share the writer's experience."
-- Bil Gilbert, Washington Post Book World "Mr. Baker is primarily a descriptive writer, and a good one, but his obsession has given him a kind of crazy empathy that lifts his book above mere observation."
-- The New Yorker
"The Peregrine by J.A. Baker...[is] A darkly poetic and episodic work about a man obsessively watching wild peregrine falcons in the British countryside. Written at a time when the extinction of the peregrine and nuclear apocalypse both seemed imminent, this is a book about the poetry of death and loss as much as it is about hawks." --Helen Macdonald, The Week