A novel based on the true story of a remarkable woman, her lifelong relationship with birds and the joy she drew from it
Len Howard was forty years old when she decided to leave her London life and loves behind, retire to the English countryside and devote the rest of her days to her one true passion: birds.
Moving to a small cottage in Sussex, she wrote two bestselling books, astonishing the world with her observations on the tits, robins, sparrows and other birds that lived nearby, flew freely in and out of her windows, and would even perch on her shoulder as she typed.
This moving novel imagines the story of this remarkable woman's decision to defy society's expectations, and the joy she drew from her extraordinary relationship with the natural world.
About the Author
Eva Meijer is a Dutch author, artist, singer, songwriter and philosopher.Bird Cottage is her first novel to be translated into English, has been nominated for the BNG and Libris prizes in the Netherlands and is being translated into several languages. Her non-fiction book When Animals Speak has also been translated into English. Eva Meijer was awarded the Halewijn Prize in 2017 for all the books she has written so far.
Shortlisted for the Society of Authors Vondel Prize
'Bewitching... will make you want to throw away your travel pass and move to a remote cottage... Read it to de-stress' -The Lady
‘A convincing account of total dedication and self-belief, and there's beauty and joy in Len's strange life... entertaining and thought-provoking’ - The Guardian
‘Truly original... There's a sense of birdlike lightness and agility about this episodic, elliptical novel’ - The Daily Mail
‘The author's fluid, seemingly weightless prose is perfectly matched to the birds she describes... This beautiful creation will be a source of great pleasure for birders and readers alike’ - Country Life
‘A delightful, poignant tale’ - Saga Magazine
‘A celebration of a life spent immersed in nature’ - Town & Country