Miriam Darlington

Miriam Darlington contributes frequently to The Times, The Guardian, and The Ecologist, and is also the author of Otter Country, forthcoming in the US from Tin House in 2024. She lives in Devon, England.


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

    —People Magazine, a Book Pick of the Week

  • 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.


  • 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

  • Thoughtful. . . . A call for more care of the natural world, protection of spaces needed by our fellow creatures, and a willingness to live with uncertainty, this book offers heart and soul as well as natural history.

    —Southern Bookseller Review

  • 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

  • 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

  • Captivating.

    —The Times

  • Achingly beautiful.

    —The Guardian

  • Vivid and engaging.

    —Sunday Times

  • Perceptive and affecting.