Birds of a Feather: Tales of a Wild Bird Haven by Linda JohnsWinner, Evelyn Richardson Memorial Prize for Non-Fiction
Well-known naturalist and artist Linda Johns shares her woodland home with a menagerie of injured wild birds -- starlings, blue jays, pigeons, baby woodpeckers, a rose-breasted grosbeak, a semi-palmated sandpiper, and even a gannet. She and her saner half, Mack, have gone so far as to transform their living room into an indoor forest, complete with two dead trees providing a variety of perches and a screened porch making do as a practise flyway. Johns nurses her feathered convalescents day and night, helping them to drink and bathe and hunt, and gaining deep insights into their highly individual personalities. Most she attempts to release back into the wild but a few, inevitably, move in to stay.
Birds of a Feather: Tales of a Wild Bird Haven is a warm and funny account of eight months -- from May to December -- in the life of this caring wildlife rescuer. Fans of Johns`s earlier wildlife books will relish her humorous descriptions of the antics of such irresistible characters as Blossom, the media-savvy chicken, and the goats Mower and Munch. Enhanced by line drawings of her avian housemates, this delightful collection of anecdotes in the tradition of James Herriot and Farley Mowat celebrates some of Nature`s smallest and most awe-inspiring miracles.
Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson reveals she's glad her career is so 'full on'
Indeed, the opening episode will see Tracey, played by Linda Robson, coming to terms with the news that her ex-husband and father of her two sons, Darryl, has died. Although they had not been together for 10 years, she is still upset because he had been the first love of her life. But that is what Birds has always done — tackle real life issues that are emotional with humour and warmth. While mindful of not spoiling the plotline, Lesley does go on to reveal that her character forgets any sense of decorum at the funeral when she falls for a toy boy guest, Vince, played by Martin Kemp. Martin was great. With plenty more funny storylines planned for the series, including one involving a drag queen, Birds Of A Feather is, the actresses believe, back with a bang. Resurrected by ITV three years ago after a year break, they say they have never had so much fun filming the show as they have this one.
Loose Women star Linda Robson hints at RETURN to ITV daytime show
The first episode sees sisters Tracey Stubbs Linda Robson and Sharon Theodopolopodous Pauline Quirke brought together when their husbands are sent to prison for armed robbery. Sharon, who lived in an Edmonton council flat , moves into Tracey's expensive house in Chigwell , Essex. Their next-door neighbour and later friend, Dorien Green Lesley Joseph , is a middle-aged married Jewish woman who is constantly having affairs with younger men. The series ended its original BBC One run on Christmas Eve after nine years, but returned just over 15 years later, on 2 January , on ITV , for its tenth series overall, running for eight episodes. A twelfth series the third on ITV aired in Another Christmas special aired on 18 December A thirteenth series the fourth on ITV has been commissioned but it is uncertain when or if this will happen.
Between appearing on a hit sitcom and her panelist duties on Loose Women, Linda's never been busier but she's totally happy with it. Linda Robson feels lucky her career is so 'full on'. The Birds of a Feather actress is delighted to be busy, both filming the sit-com and working as a panelist on Loose Women, especially as her appearances on the daytime talk show are going to increase for the next series. Speaking about Loose Women , she said: "I'm not back on it now until November but when I do go back I'll be doing twice a week instead of once. It's good for me. I'm lucky I love what I'm doing.