What if readers had the power to choose what their favourite author writes about? Conductor and birdwatcher Lev Parikian responds to his readers' requests with this collection of witty, fascinating essays on music, birds, the art of the sandwich, and much more
Offers an account of author's time in the army during World War Two that begins as he and his regiment land in sunny Italy in 1943 ('The ship touched the beach very gently, so gently I suspect it's not insured').
Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. Her father a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen.