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It offers a considered perspective on the habitat loss and unsustainable harvesting that led to the pigeon's demise. (Nature Magazine)
Tells the story of that deadly combination of events as engagingly as any popular history of the subject has done. (Open Letters Monthly)
[A Message From Martha] stands apart from and above the rest in both the quality of writing as well as the information collected within its pages. (The Well-Read Naturalist)
Although A Message from Martha tells the unfortunate story of a bird that is now gone forever, it offers us a theme rich in hope. (About.com)
This absorbing book is an engaging and wistful, yet measured chronicle about the tragic loss of one very special, iconic species. . . . draw the inevitable conclusion that no species can be considered so common that it is safe from extinction. (The Guardian US, Best Nature Literature 2014)
Smart, fast-moving prose . . . Everyone, not just birders, needs to hear this story. (Birdwatching Magazine)
Mark Avery is a scientist by training and a naturalist by inclination. He writes about and comments on environmental issues. Mark worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for 25 years before standing down in April 2011; he was the RSPB's Conservation Director for nearly 13 years. Mark lives in rural Northamptonshire.