The Conjurer's Bird

The Conjurer s Bird Seamlessly spanning two time periods The Conjurer s Bird is at once the story of the romance between the th century naturalist Joseph Banks and the enigmatic Miss B and of a present day conservat

  • Title: The Conjurer's Bird
  • Author: Martin Davies
  • ISBN: 9781400097340
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • Seamlessly spanning two time periods, The Conjurer s Bird is at once the story of the romance between the 18th century naturalist Joseph Banks and the enigmatic Miss B , and of a present day conservationist named Fitz, who is drawn into a thrilling and near impossible race to find the elusive bird s only known remains.The Conjurer s Bird is a beautiful story in the spiritSeamlessly spanning two time periods, The Conjurer s Bird is at once the story of the romance between the 18th century naturalist Joseph Banks and the enigmatic Miss B , and of a present day conservationist named Fitz, who is drawn into a thrilling and near impossible race to find the elusive bird s only known remains.The Conjurer s Bird is a beautiful story in the spirit of Possession that is as exciting as The Club Dumas, inspired by one of the great puzzles of natural history that of the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta Seen only once, in 1774, by Captain Cook s second expedition to the South Seas, a single specimen was captured, preserved, and brought back to England The bird was given to famed naturalist Joseph Banks, who displayed it proudly in his collection until its sudden, unexplained disappearance.Two hundred years later, naturalists continue to wonder if the world will ever get another glimpse of the elusive bird Were it not for a colored drawing done by the ship s artist, there would be nothing to say that the bird had ever existed.The Conjurer s Bird is a gripping literary mystery and passionate love story that tackles the intrigue surrounding the celebrated Banks, his secret affair with an enigmatic woman known only as Miss B, and the legendary bird that becomes a touchstone for their love.Seamlessly spanning two time periods, The Conjurer s Bird is at once the story of this romance and of a present day conservationist named Fitz, who is drawn into a thrilling and near impossible race to find the elusive bird s only known remains.

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    • Martin Davies

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Martin Davies is a British author He has written two novels about Sherlock Holmes housekeeper Mrs Hudson and The Spirits Curse, and one about Joseph Banks and the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta, entitled The Conjuror s Bird, all of which have been published He is a senior producer at BBC Television.Martin Davies grew up in North West England All his writing is done in cafes, on buses or on tube trains, and an aversion to laptops means that he always works in longhand He has travelled widely, including in the Middle East and India, and substantial parts of THE UNICORN ROAD were written while travelling through Sicily He works as a consultant in the broadcasting industry.

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    • Onvan : The Conjurer's Bird - Nevisande : Martin Davies - ISBN : 1400097347 - ISBN13 : 9781400097340 - Dar 390 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005

    • You know when teachers tell you you are smart and talented but lazy? I've heard it many times. I am sure many of you heard it as well and I am absolutely positive Martin Davies heard it more than once.He is a talented guy. He managed to create a mystery story that revolves around a stuffed bird. And not even a colourful, exotic one, just a plain grey bird. To be fair, the bird is now extinct and the stuffed specimen is the only specimen in the world. And it is missing. In fact, it has been missi [...]

    • So I've been on an "academic mystery!!" kick of late, and friends: it comes to an end today.Here's the thing about calling something 'formulaic' -- you can't really do it until you know the formula. Now, I can suspect a formula, but I don't actually read that many mysteries (or genre fiction, period), so like's more me saying "this is kinda predictable" or "this is dumb" than "this is formulaic."But FRIENDS, I have read enough. I know the tropes. The quirky, down-on-his-luck male academic with a [...]

    • In 1774, an unusual bird was spotted on Captain Cook's second expedition to the South Seas. This single specimen was captured, preserved, and brought back to Englandand no other bird of its kind was ever seen again. The bird was given to naturalist Joseph Banks, who displayed it proudly in his collection until it too disappeared. Were it not for a colored drawing created by the ship's artist, it would seem that the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta had never existed.Two hundred years later, naturalist J [...]

    • This is my absolute favorite kind of book -- historical research! Like The Historian and Possession (though not *quite* as good as either), most of the novel is spent in archives and libraries tracking down obscure bits of paper. I personally love this kind of thing, and could read about looking for lost material all day long. The pacing of this novel was excellent -- it kept me turning pages quickly. With that said, that's partly why it is not quite as good as the above mentioned novels -- it w [...]

    • I really liked this book and the switching bewteeen the two different timelines each chapter. I loved both era's but probably enjoyed the historical pieces the best - the way of life, the stigma associated with a young woman not being a virgin and its implications for the rest of her life. The adventures overseas to draw wildlife (no cameras), and the inability to communicate quickly with people on the other side of the world (no phones or even telegrams) made me focus on how very much has chang [...]

    • This was a complete chore to read. Boring first person narrator finds himself immersed in a boring mystery/wild goose chase (the wild goose being the mysterious Bird of Ulieta), paralleled with the story of a boring 18th century circumnavigator's boring relationship with his boring mistress.

    • I sort of hate going into all the little criticisms I think of when reading, because if the story is engaging, then I don't want my criticisms to overshadow it. Then again, if the writing and story were really engaging, then I wouldn't have time to think of criticisms while reading. So: writers of historical fiction, please give me more detail. While this book had a really interesting (and mostly based on true primary source stuff) premise, it ended up feeling a little thin because the author ha [...]

    • What a lovely book - I suspect it will stimulate much discussion at book club at the end of the week. It took me just over 24 hours to read its 307 pages, not bad going, and not rushed, just pleasurable. There is romance, but in the background. There is mystery, deception and detection, corruption and greed, consideration of social status and mores, natural history and art, history and the seeking of information from public records, the necessity of knowing what you are looking for, be it fact o [...]

    • A short review, I'm constrained by time.I loved The Conjuror's Bird. It's a mystery with two stories running parrallel, one set in the 18th century and the other in modern day. It's based on a true story and the modern part hands on the hunt for a valuable and important stuffed extinct bird. The earlier part of the tale is about how the bird came to be in a particular family, and it explores a delicate and rare love story for which the bird is in part a metaphor. The writing style is easy and gr [...]

    • This was not nearly as light as the title or cover suggested it might be. Two narratives, one set now and written in 1st person and one set in 18thC written in the third. Together they combined to create a satisfying mystery, love story and thriller. Enjoyed it enough to pick up Martin Davies' second novel today.

    • 3,5*P. 378 - "Meu caro Solander, escreveu (), Disseste-me uma vez que o passado deixa uma sombra. Viste muitas coisas que eu não pude ver. Mas vejo agora que, para lá dessa sombra, há uma luz do sol, há arvores e folhas.Ele tem uns olhos verdes tão lindos, Solander."

    • Tenho consciência de que o meu perfil enquanto leitora tem vindo a alterar-se ao longo do tempo. Se há cerca de dois anos bastava encantar-me com a capa de um livro para iniciar a sua leitura, hoje sou bem mais crítica em relação às obras que escolho. A minha presente necessidade de conhecer inúmeros pormenores acerca de um livro antes de decidir se devo lê-lo, ajuda-me a escolher obras com as quais me identifico diminuindo assim, os sentimentos de frustração e desilusão que experienc [...]

    • This book is actually one big meh. I've been looking forward to reading it for months but always put it off, and maybe it was the anticipation or the blurb, or my own shortcomings as a reader but it was just an epic disappointment.The concept of the book is decent but the execution was poor. I never felt invested enough in the relationships to care about the present story (which is a shame as I felt the Fitz/Gabby backstory was fascinating and heartbreaking and I wanted to read more about it) an [...]

    • The Bay Thrush. If you know about birds, even a lot about birds, you probably never heard of this one. But it's real. "The Conjurer’s Bird," a historic novel/mystery is about a little-known, long-extinct bird. The novel toggles together two story lines: one centered on the famous eighteenth-century English naturalist Joseph Banks, while the second follows a fictitious modern-day lecturer, taxidermist and extinct bird expert named Fitzgerald. The mystery at the crux of the story is the disappea [...]

    • Closer to 2.5a decent historical novel which dives back and forth from present time to the 1700s to tell the tale of the non-fictional naturalist Joseph Banks and his expedition with Cook to the Pacific islands and his love affair with an unsuitable woman who shared his passion for nature.The modern thread of the story is an attempt by a naturalist,still healing from familial sorrow,who is intrigued by the legend of a rare bird found by Banks on the voyage which may still exist somewhere in Engl [...]

    • I've been reading The Conjurer's Bird by Martin Davies. The bird was real. Now Extinct. ;( It was found by Cook's 2nd expedition to Australia & Pacific. A drawing of it is in the London Natural History Museum. The painting held by the Museum is a poignant reminder of theirreversible damage that human colonization has inflicted on manyPacific Ocean islands.'You can see the drawing of the bird at the London Natural History Museum here;nhm/about-us/news/20

    • Martin Davies has written an intelligent, thoughtful and exciting novel. I especially enjoyed how the author incorporated the life of Joseph Banks and the mysterious bird of Ulieta into the story. The well-developed characters, strong narrative, detailed settings (the British museum and the small English towns) and the satisfying conclusion made this one of the best historical mysteries I’ve read lately.

    • Really enjoyed the mix of contemporary and history. The two stories which run alongside each other and the ending which was a surprise. Also appeals to my inner genealogist, I've got as far back as the 1500's in one branch, and if the rumours are true I could get back to 1066.However back to The Conjuror's bird, Davies has taken what is known as fact and weaved a story about characters that are real. Joseph Banks did exist, as did Cook and the bird. Makes this seem almost believeable.

    • Fantastic read! Had been waiting to read this for a few years now. Found a copy in my local Fish & Chip shop as they have books for charity and was ecstatic!!! Coul not believe my luck.Story of the search for the mysterious bird of Ulieta that was mentioned in Captain Cook's log. Set in two different timelines and the two run nicely parrallel with each other. A book of mystery, intrigue, love and relationships.Very nicely written in a style that makes you want to keep turning the pages.

    • Well written story, which was at times irksomely vague. A vagueness I thought was caused either by my misplacing the book partway through my reading it or because there was three stories intertwined within too few pages. Either way the ending proved to disappoint me until I then read the Historical Notes and I realised the reason for all the vagueness. I'd recommend this one.

    • This book was unique. I loved all the fascinating details about natural history and the great explorers of years past. A mysterious bird disappears 200 years ago and some unscrupulous people are trying to get their hands on it today. The quest becomes a fascinating journey into the life of an eighteenth-century British naturalist whose mysterious love affair almost costs him everything.

    • I enjoyed this one. The background story, about John Banks, is much more interesting than the present day plot, and better developed. I thought that discrepancy made it a bit uneven, but it was still a good read.

    • A fantastic read. The book is a blend of fact and fiction regarding Sir Joseph Banks and is, in fact, partially set in Lincolnshire.It was the author's first novel. I shall have to see what Martin Davies has written since.

    • This was a fun piece of fiction that was playing on the mystery in the gaps of history. It started with a couple of questions about an extinct bird and a natural philosopher who had studied it, and wove it into a present-day search for the preserved specimen. It was engaging and warm.

    • This was so enjoyable, I loved the moving back and forth between the two stories, done so well that it was not hard to follow. It is just a captivating read!

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