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The Screaming Sky

UK Publisher: Little Toller
US Publisher: Little Toller

**Shorlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2021**

Swifts live in perpetual summer. They inhabit the air like nothing on the planet. They watched the continents shuffle to their present places and the mammals evolve. They are not ours, though we like to claim them. They defy all our categories, and present no passports as they surf winds across the world. They sleep in the high thin air, their wings controlled by an alert half-brain.

This is a radical new look at the Common Swift – a numerous but profoundly un-common bird. Foster follows the swifts throughout the world, manically, lyrically yet scientifically. The poetry of swifts is in their facts, and this book, the latest in Little Toller’s monograph series draws deeply on the latest extraordinary discoveries.

Charles Foster is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, where he teaches medical law and ethics. He...