The Birdwatcher

  • Title: The Birdwatcher
  • Author: William McInnes
  • ISBN: 9780733630286
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Birdwatcher A novel about love and twitchers and about learning to trustThere is magic in the sky Birds flying and floating above and around us often unnoticed Sometimes when you least expect it their magic w
    A novel about love and twitchers, and about learning to trustThere is magic in the sky Birds flying and floating above and around us, often unnoticed Sometimes, when you least expect it, their magic will touch you.This is a story about a bloke who s losing his hearing a bird that can t fly but likes being read to and a teenage daughter who doesn t know who to be angryA novel about love and twitchers, and about learning to trustThere is magic in the sky Birds flying and floating above and around us, often unnoticed Sometimes, when you least expect it, their magic will touch you.This is a story about a bloke who s losing his hearing a bird that can t fly but likes being read to and a teenage daughter who doesn t know who to be angry at.It s about a woman living with the echo of illness finding out how much fun it can be to trust someone a man called Murph who has a secret and Perry Como.It s part love story, part Hot Diggity moments of discovery, whether they happen in a rainforest of while sitting on a verandah, or in somebody s heart.It s about cold outdoor showers and people not quite being complete But, most of all, it s about giving yourself the gift to be still while you wait for the lights to change or the rain to stop, so you have time to think.For all of us, there are memories and secrets that can change our lives If we let them.

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    About William McInnes


    1. William McInnes is one of Australia s most popular stage and screen actors His leading roles in Sea Change and Blue Heelers have made him a household name The mini series Shark Net and My Brother Jack earned him widespread critical acclaim He has been nominated for numerous stage and screen awards, and has won a Variety Club Drama Award in 1997 and two Logie awards for Most Outstanding Actor in 2000 and 2004.William grew up in Queensland and has travelled extensively throughout Australia He now lives in Melbourne with his two children He was married to the late film maker Sarah Watt.


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    1. William McInnes's story telling just gets better and better, and he really hits his straps with this one. Ahh, mature love - not in the testoserone driven first flush of youth, but between two adults who are wary, awkward, and knowing.My big question is this: is William a twitcher? He certainly seems to have a genuine knowledge of not only the birds, but of birders themselves, the driven, determined and quirky bunch of octogenarians who track and count birds.The house that Clare grew up in, wher [...]

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    2. David travels to Cairns to find a bird, and instead finds one of a different kindWilliam McInnes' latest novel is his best yet. Hilarious, light, yet meaningful without being deep. Set in places you're familiar with; a Melbourne tram, Queensland, your "typical" suburbia, "the Birdwatcher" is instantly empathisable.A novel primarily driven by the idiosyncrasies of its two protagonists. David, a bloke who's losing his hearing, aimlessly navigating relationships and taking spontaneous birth watchin [...]

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    3. What a lovely little story although I am not sure how to rate it. I can't really think of any other way to describe this. I think 3 stars is about right because this is not the great Australian novel and yetI like William McInnes because he has a nice way of describing things without becoming overblown. This is a very easy read with likable characters and it doesn't take too long to get to the point.The male main character is an awkward fellow in thoroughly endearing way while the female main ch [...]

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    4. Absolutely gorgeous reading! I was always under the impression that he wrote "blokey" books - couldn't be more wrong. I'll be looking for more of his.

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    5. A sweet and touching story of love, birdwatching and family. Everything works out for everyone, and some small precious moments were had by all. Beautiful and Australian, a perfect combination.

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    6. A bookclub book that I just couldn't get into. Read the first chapter and then gave up.

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    7. I was excited to read something by an Australian author, having just moved to Queensland myself. McInnes writes a nice story, though I found myself wanting more depth - or more grit? - from the characters I almost found that I gained as much about some of the people in this story from reading the back of the book as I did from reading the book itself. That being said, perhaps McInnes intentionally left some of the character details out in order to be more open to interpretation. I might not have [...]

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    8. Someone gave me this book. I was wary - birdwatching? You must be kidding, but this is a quirky, quietly funny romance in slow motion. Not my thing at all, but I enjoyed every minute.

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    9. I specifically bought this book because William McInnes is a columnist I've enjoyed reading over the years. That doesn't always mean they'll write a good book but in this case I wasnt disappointed. Having said that, the book has been sitting unread on my shelves for ages because I just have so many other good books competing for my time. As it turns out a BT Bingo challenge got this one across the line. Male author & POV. In all honesty I didnt love this book but I flew through it and enjoye [...]

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    10. Written in an easy-to-read and very Australian style full of imagery which had me there, in the moment, I nonetheless found it difficult to get into until well into the second half of the book when the storyline started to come together and a bit more actually happened in the plot. The whole book covers only a few days of a trip to north Queensland for the main characters, who are all there for different reasons, mostly bird watching or in the wake of a death in the family, but their lives conve [...]

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    11. I found this to be an endearing story. At the start I was confused as to why there appeared to be two unrelated story lines. Once those paths crossed, though, the result was predictable. However, that did not make the story any less readable. I was fascinated with the variety and detail which described various birds. The underlying story was about the sighting of a very rare bird. However, much more was discovered in reaching that goal.

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    12. I loved this story! As a bit of a twitcher myself I enjoyed the descriptions of the birds and the beautiful nth Queensland scenery. I also enjoyed the snoop pets of homespun philosophy such as patience at the traffic lights gives you a time space to just bee poetry and the way the main characters lives were lives of gentle revelation.I also have a real "thing" about William McInnis

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    13. A dinkum Ozzie story ostensibly about birders converging in N Queensland after a sighting of an elusive rare species. There are sub-plots; I felt it took a while to come together. A gentle story, about nerdish Dave, and Clare who's hurting and lonely. They reach out to each other in a whimsical way. Charming, but a tad slow. 3/5

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    14. I read this book through my local library reading group selection. I liked it because I enjoyed spending time with William, who is lovely. The pace was a bit slow, but I appreciated the setting, as I live in North Qld, and I appreciated the oddity of the characters which made me smile often. A lovely, gentle story.

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    15. Beautiful. Just beautiful. I think this is William's best work yet. I fell in love with this book, and while reading it was so immersed in it that forgot that I was actually reading. Wonderful characters, gorgeous descriptives of both place and birds and a story that moved along effortlessly from the first line to the last.Absolutely gorgeous.

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    16. A bit different for William. Set in Far North Queensland, it is an easy read, gently taking you on a journey with some grown ups. The characters are interesting, quirky and a little bit different. The pace is easy and has a definite FNQ feel about it. It is humorous and warm and comfortable. I really enjoyed it.

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    17. Easy read, rather like watching a nice movie. I'm giving it four stars - not because it's brilliant, but because it makes you feel good and you just want to keep reading. I feel like the author is someone you'd really like as a friend.

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    18. Hmmm. I guess the storyline was okay. Didn't find myself caring too much about the characters. Seemed too slow in parts. Had a bit of a poor cousin to The Rosie Project about it. Just not so sure

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    19. Chose this book in Brisbane so I could read a "local" author. Enjoyed it quite a bit, even though not a whole lot happened. It's full of reassessments and quiet humor. Both main characters were well-drawn and sympathetic. Reading it would have been enhanced by a bird book, but wasn't vital.

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    20. Not at all what I was expecting, this short, lovely book from Bill McInnes is about two out-of-the-ordinary people who find one another in the same way so many people do: through being in the right place at the right time, not matter how unlikely that time and place may be.

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    21. A gentle exploration of love, trust and sentimentality.

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    22. Enjoyed the book, realistic story with interesting characters and settings.

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    23. An enjoyable, gentle story but a little predictable even tho it did leave me wanting more. I enjoyed the Australian references. Nicely written

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    24. I loved this book. A great read and I highly recommend it.

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    25. Slow to get going but what a beautiful and uplifting story!

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    26. An easy read with great characters. Amazing how a whole book can be written over less than a week time frame of the characters lives.

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    27. 2 stars. 1 ☆ because I finished it.1☆ because McInnes seems like a nice person.

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    28. Loved this book!! Two lonely characters both with their own idiosyncrasies make for a great Australian story. Great read.

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