> Skip to content
  • Published: 31 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405949217
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $22.99

12 Birds to Save Your Life

Nature's Lessons in Happiness

  • Charlie Corbett

Discover the healing power of nature through the captivating stories of twelve birds in this powerful memoir

Recognising his perspective on life was slipping following his mother's untimely death, Charlie turned to the rhythms of the natural world for comfort and solace - in particular its birds. He found that through reconnecting with the wildlife all around him, the grief that once felt insurmountable he could now overcome.

His memoir is a heartfelt ode to the birds that helped him through the darkest of times, exploring in beautiful, lyrical detail this journey of rediscovery, and shows us there is joy to be found in the smallest of events, if we know where to look, and to listen.

  • Published: 31 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405949217
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $22.99

Praise for 12 Birds to Save Your Life

A lyrical and life-affirming book that teaches us as much about birds as it does ourselves - a balm for the soul

Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path

Totally absorbing and completely engaging on so many levels... Charlie has opened my eyes to the constant joy of the sights and sounds of the birds that surround us. It is a book that really will save lives

Dr Richard Shepherd, author of Unnatural Causes

From dawn choruses to the first chiffchaff calls of spring, Charlie Corbett shows how the changing seasons can bring happy natural rhythms to times of hardship

National Geographic Traveller

This is no ordinary ornithology, but one that portrays the very essence of each bird through a very human lens and shows us that both solace and joy can be ours by merely observing with an open eye and an open heart

John Wright, author of The Forager's Calendar

A wonderful blend of the lyrical and practical. Charlie shows us that our relationship with birds and the natural world is not only healing, but an important part of our cultural heritage worth protecting

Adam Henson

An enchanting book. I knew at once this was something special

Lady Glenconner

There is much to be admired


This is no misery memoir . . . The story moves apace to its uplifting conclusion, that Nature is the best medicine

Country Life

An important book, woven with the countryside and catharsis. Also instructive into which birds to look for and how to recognise their calls and song. Written by a true countryman and loving son

The Field

Honest, uplifting and written from the heart, this is a rediscovery of life inspired by a re-discovery of birds

Tim Birkhead

One of those charming nuggets you sometimes chance across in the bookshop, pulling together themes of nature, grief, mental health and healing

Salisbury Journal

Related titles