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Tuesday 3 May 2011

The Butterfly Isles

Travel writers like to have a new hook on which to hang their jouneying. I have recently read one by a young lady who travelled New Zealand looking for the 'Last Real Kiwi Bloke' and Round Ireland with a Fridge is a title that conveys it all.

However, none compete with the sheer sense of wonder expressed by Patrick Barkham in his The Butterfly Isles, sub-titled A summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals.

Even if you have not the slightest interest in butterflies, it may still be worth calling in and reading what a host of others have said about this surprising little book.

It might be the present for someone who has everything.

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