Jury Citation for Birdwatching: A Novel

Author: Stephen Alter
Aleph Book Company

“Stephen Alter’s Birdwatching reads like an unputdownable wartime spy thriller, but it is so much more than that with threads of nature writing, romance and historical fiction woven together dexterously. As the story unfolds, the reader is drawn in, chapter by bewitching chapter, each named after a beautiful bird who features in it, making the mystery soar to sublime heights. This is a poetic book that makes you want to go outdoors (ideally to the snow-clad Himalayas), listen to birdsong, and have an adventure of a lifetime.”


Sindhu Radhakrishna

Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Radhika Timbadia

Proprietrix, Champaca

Vinatha Vishwanathan

Head, Bal Sahitya, Eklavya Foundation


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