Square Peg has acquired a book by naturalist Stephen Ross about one of Britain’s favourite birds, the robin.
Complete with “all the Square Peg design bells and whistles” the book aims to lift the lid on the “apparently familiar” bird and “reveal its secrets”.
As well as taking readers through its life cycle, from egg to migration, it traces its relationship with us, too, to tell a story that is “as much about ourselves as about the robin itself”.
Publishing director Rosemary Davidson acquired world all language rights in a deal with Broo Doherty at the DHH Literary Agency.
Davidson said: “It’s cheering beyond words to have a new book from Stephen and this is a natural and perfect match of subject and author: a biography of the robin, our nation’s favourite bird. We’ll be giving it all the Square Peg design bells and whistles to make this the no-brainer Christmas present for the bird-lover in your life.”
Stephen Moss is a naturalist, author and wildlife TV producer based in Somerset, whose TV credits include "Springwatch", "Birding" with Bill Oddie and "The Nature of Britain". He said: “The robin is not just Britain's favourite bird, but one of the most fascinating wild creatures of all, with a wealth of unexpected behaviour, an intriguing social and cultural history, and perhaps the closest relationship of any British bird with us. I'm delighted to be writing this book on the life of the robin, under the expert guidance of Rosemary Davidson from Square Peg.”
Doherty said: “I’m delighted that Square Peg have acquired The Life of the Robin. Given their expertise and imagination, I know it will be a beautiful book, and will stand to become a classic in the catalogue of natural history books.’
The Life of the Robin will be published in autumn 2016.