04 Jan 2011 – Waterstones

In which the author attempts to see all of the UK butterfly species in one season – and to get over his irrational fear of being seen in public with binoculars and identfiying himself as a butterfly watcher (or "Aurelian").  A lovely book, full of love for his Dad and their old expeditions and admiration for the experts he meets, as well as real love for the British countryside and its butterflies.  I was a little annoyed by an early discrete/discreet mix-up but otherwise beautifully, lyrically written, and well-illustrated too.  I learned a lot too.