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Summary

"I can't remember the last book I read that I could say with absolute assurance would save lives. But this one will." (Chris Packham)

When Joe Harkness suffered a breakdown in 2013, he tried all the things his doctor recommended: medication helped, counselling was enlightening and mindfulness grounded him. But nothing came close to nature, particularly birds. How had he never noticed such beauty before? Soon, every avian encounter took him one step closer to accepting who he is. The positive change in Joe's well-being was so profound that he started a blog to record his experience. 

Three years later he has become a spokesperson for the benefits of bird-watching, spreading the word everywhere from Radio 4 to Downing Street. In this groundbreaking book filled with practical advice, Joe explains the impact that bird-watching had on his life and invites listeners to discover these extraordinary effects for themselves.

©2019 Joe Harkness (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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fascinating story

I found this book very interesting and I loved it. overall fascinating listening loved it

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Great concept but unnecessarily overly wordy

Great book and I love the concept of five ways to well-birding. I just felt that the author was trying too hard to use bigger words than he needed to. Some bits were overly wordy, which for me distracted away from some of the core messages that he was trying to portray.

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Great introduction to observing birds

Enjoyed your wisdom & experience of bird watching for mental health, lots of great ideas, thank you

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would like to finish

was loving this book but got to chapter 8 and its seems to have stuck on that...Will go back nd try again another time.

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Thank you Joe Harkness

This book is a must for any nature enthusiast and has given me some light in a dark time. Thank you Joe Harkness.

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life changing.

I can't believe how quickly I got through this book. wow. just wow. anyone struggling with their mental health, or knows someone that is should listen to this immediately.

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A delight

Extremely insightful, helpful and interesting. An excellent book I highly recommend not just for anyone who loves wildlife, but for anyone.
My favourite Audiobook so far!

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Inspiring read.

A very rewarding read. As someone who has suffered from depression & had an interest in nature & the power to heal this book had a lot in it that I could relate to. Thoroughly recommend it. The audio edition will I feel have given it greater resonance especially when read by the author themselves.

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Uplifting, inspiring and motivating

Joe Hackness has given the world a much-needed gift here: an accessible way to escape from the oppressive drudgery of modern life and reconnect with nature... even just in your own back garden! The writing style, honesty and candour around mental health, and practical tips for engaging in Bird Therapy all combined to make this book so vital.