Books by Mark Cocker

BIRDERS by Mark Cocker
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Persuasive, idiosyncratic, and often quite amusing."
English author Cocker (Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold, 2000, etc.) offers a combined celebration of and apologia for the national passion for birding, which in Britain provides both the thrill of high competition and the bonding of a cult. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Perhaps Cocker's fervent and entertaining prose should warn us about how readily we accept progress as an answer to war, conquest, and genocide."
A passionately written history of four episodes in European imperialism by environmentalist and journalist Cocker (Loneliness and Time, 1993). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"An English export, then, that can't quite manage the crossing. (Photos)"
An extended critique of English travel writing from the 19th century to the present day, by British biographer and journalist Cocker. ``The central, unifying principle in travel books,'' according to Cocker, ``is that abroad is always a metaphysical blank sheet on which the traveller could write or rewrite the story, as he or she would wish it to be.'' England has produced a rich array of such work, and Cocker examines some of the more (and less) famous practitioners of the genre. Read full book review >