Miriam Darlington

Miriam Darlington is the author of The Wise Hours: A Journey into the Wild and Secret World of Owls and contributes frequently to The Times, The Guardian, and The Ecologist. She lives in Devon, England.


  • Entrancing. . . . Darlington burnishes her reputation as a gifted nature writer with this vivid examination of the behavior, biology, and evolution of otters.

    —Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • Darlington delivers another delightfully lyrical nature chronicle.

    —Kirkus Reviews, starred Review

  • Captivating and enthralling, Otter Country is an entertaining, enlightening account loaded with fascinating insights into the marine animals.

    —Foreword Reviews, starred review

  • Miriam Darlington reveals the scientific, environmental, and cultural importance of these elusive beings. . . . Her book offers hope about what can be done to save otters and many other wonderful animals.

    —Psychology Today

  • A beautiful book full of sensuous lyricism [and] an important contribution to British writing on otters, a tradition in which this country is especially rich.

    —Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country

  • Otters are one of British conservation’s new success stories, and this wonderful book is their anthem. The strong clear writing, fascinating research and warm personal voice make it a lovesong not only to otters but to Britain.

    —Ruth Padel, author of Tigers in Red Weather

  • A diary of utter devotion where landscape is interpreted as otter-text, its messages elusive but traced with deep sensitivity.

    —Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: An Elemental Journey

  • Otter Country, a beautifully written, intimate exposé of all things otter, in which Miriam Darlington carefully explains what it is like to be an otter and how they must adapt to, and fight for, survival in an increasingly human world. . . . a must read for anyone who wants to know more about these fascinating and mysterious animals with whom we share our magnificent planet.

    —Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., author of Dogs Demystified: An A-to-Z Guide to All Things Canine

  • “While tracing the history and science of owls, the author must confront another haunting enigma: her son’s mysterious illness.”

    —People Magazine, Book of the Week

  • [A] project to preserve owl awe.

    —The Atlantic

  • Unfailingly precise and lovingly poetic. . . .  Nature writing of the first order.

    —The Wall Street Journal

  • Flights of poetic prose raise a shiver. . . . proves we don’t need life lessons to appreciate the world’s marvels.

    —The Washington Post

  • A smooth mixture of memoir and nature writing. . . . Lyrical and captivating. . . . heartfelt, enchanting, and beautifully written.

    —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

  • Lyrical. . . . moving. . . . Dazzling.

    —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  • Beautiful. . . . wonderfully informative and enjoyable.


  • Achingly beautiful.

    —The Guardian

  • Open this book, and be thrilled to look at the owl with an even more profound sense of knowledge.

    —The Muskogee Phoenix

  • Heartfelt. . . . Darlington’s work is as unique and enchanting as its subjects.

    —She Reads

  • Lovely. . . . An excellent read. . . . Whether dissecting owl pellets, collecting strange samples or braving the elements (or her own foibles), Darlington brings a sense of wonder to her writing.

    —Spectrum Culture

  • Captivating.

    —The Times

  • Vivid and engaging.

    —Sunday Times

  • Perceptive and affecting.


  • A beautiful book; wise and sharp-eared as its subject.

    —Robert Macfarlane

  • Enchanting.

    —Tristan Gooley, author of How to Read Nature

  • A lyrical examination of the interweaving place owls hold in nature and human culture; Darlington writes with intimacy and beauty.

    —Jonathan C. Slaght, author of Owls of the Eastern Ice

  • Beautiful descriptions of these magnificent creatures and their habitats.

    —P.D. Smith, author of City

  • Darlington brings humor, humility, and a refreshing subjectivity to her quest to understand these charismatic creatures.

    —Melissa Harrison, author of All Among the Barley

  • A delight. Darlington’s vision, sensitivity and word craft are vital.

    —Caspar Henderson, author of A New Map of Wonders