This book is fascinating! It tells the story of the heist of priceless specimens from the British Natural History Museum by a young man obsessed with collecting beautiful – and rare – feathers. The Feather Thief is as much about the history of science as it is a heist book, and wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in either topic!Megan, Library Assistant
“Alfred Russel Wallace stood on the quarterdeck of a burning ship, seven hundred miles off the coast of Bermuda, the planks heating beneath his fee, yellow smoke curling up through the cracks.” – first line
Documents the astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author’s years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives, which were possibly linked to an obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.
About the Author
Kirk Wallace Johnson is the author of non-fiction and his writing has been in The New Yorker, New York Times, and more. His third book, The Fishermen and the Dragon: Two Dreams at War off the Texas Coast will be published in 2021. He is also the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies.
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Life stories; Nature Writing; True Crime
Accessible; Compelling; Well-researched
Awards and More
American Library Association’s Notable Nonfiction Books of 2019
2019 Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award Nominee
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