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GIVEAWAY 3 copies of The Seafarers: A Journey Among Birds – BRITISH ISLES

31st May 2020

GIVEAWAY 3 copies of The Seafarers: A Journey Among Birds – BRITISH ISLES

We are so delighted to be kicking off our giveaway season again! And with thanks to Elliott and Thompson we are able offer three copies of:

The SeaFarers: A Journey Among Birds by Stephen Rutt, set across the British Isles. TF’s Tina will be publishing her review shortly but suffice it to say she came away charmed. She knows very little about seabirds but the gentle exploration of our world and the sea was a delight.

GIVEAWAY 3 copies of The Seafarers: A Journey Among Birds

The British Isles are remarkable for their extraordinary seabird life: spectacular gatherings of charismatic Arctic terns, elegant fulmars and stoic eiders, to name just a few. Often found in the most remote and dramatic reaches of our shores, these colonies are landscapes shaped not by us but by the birds.

In 2015, Stephen Rutt escaped his hectic, anxiety-inducing life in London for the bird observatory on North Ronaldsay, the most northerly of the Orkney Islands. In thrall to these windswept havens and the people and birds that inhabit them, he began a journey to the edges of Britain. From Shetland, to the Farnes of Northumberland, down to the Welsh islands off the Pembrokeshire coast, he explores the part seabirds have played in our history and what they continue to mean to Britain today.

The Seafarers is the story of those travels: a love letter, written from the rocks and the edges, for the salt-stained, isolated and ever-changing lives of seabirds. This beguiling book reveals what it feels like to be immersed in a completely wild landscape, examining the allure of the remote in an over-crowded world.


First. In order to enter, you need to be a member (thank you if you are already a member). This is a simple process. Go to www.tripfiction.com and scroll down until you find the JOIN NOW tab.

Second. Tell us in the Comments below which international seabird you would most like to see in the wild!

That’s it. Enter by midnight UK time on 13 June. This is a UK only giveaway.

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  1. User: jackie rushton

    Posted on: 09/06/2020 at 11:24 pm

    An albatross!


  2. User: sharyboo13

    Posted on: 09/06/2020 at 8:24 pm

    I’d love to see a puffin.


  3. User: ALYSON READ

    Posted on: 09/06/2020 at 7:04 am

    It has got to be an albatross, but doesn’t that spell bad fortune?!


  4. User: Reading all over the world

    Posted on: 08/06/2020 at 7:21 pm

    Hello, I would like to see a Sooty Shearwater in the wild as they look very elegant.


  5. User: Tigerwibi

    Posted on: 08/06/2020 at 7:14 pm

    I’ve always fancied seeing a pelican swallow a huge fish in the wild.


  6. User: Jax Blunt

    Posted on: 08/06/2020 at 11:24 am

    I would love to see an albatross.


  7. User: Snoakes

    Posted on: 07/06/2020 at 9:32 pm

    It’s predictable, but I’d love to see puffins again. I saw them once on Lundy, but it was so windy my eyes were streaming and I could barely make them out.


  8. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 07/06/2020 at 3:54 pm

    I’d like to see a puffin. Great bookish connections through the Penguin imprint, and they look jolly.


  9. User: Markymark

    Posted on: 06/06/2020 at 5:25 am

    Kittiwake, this Gul on the decline across the uk comes to our local chalk cliffs at Seaford to nest before spending the rest of the year out in the Atlantic Ocean.


  10. User: Penny Holt

    Posted on: 05/06/2020 at 7:26 am



  11. User: Sewjrw

    Posted on: 04/06/2020 at 11:09 pm

    Blue-footed boobies


  12. User: Shaz162

    Posted on: 04/06/2020 at 2:40 pm

    I’d love to see an Albertros


  13. User: Audrey A Metz

    Posted on: 04/06/2020 at 1:38 pm

    This is to be about British seabirds, right? I don’t know B seabirds well, would be delighted to learn about any or all of them. Please don’t make registering for this anymore involved!!!


  14. User: Audrey A Metz

    Posted on: 04/06/2020 at 1:36 pm

    I receive – regularly – the tripfiction.com posts, love to read them, but don’t understand WHY it’s necessary to “join” anything else. I’m already registered for tripfiction.com. WHY is anything more required??


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    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 04/06/2020 at 3:51 pm

      If you have joined, that is brilliant. Nothing to do. But so many people enter and don’t join, so we have to reiterate every time! That’s why. Thank you for your support.


  15. User: InfamyInfamy

    Posted on: 04/06/2020 at 9:12 am

    Last week we had great excitement as a white tailed eagle flew over us! They were recently introduced to the island.
    I would like to see a puffin!


  16. User: Sara Ainsworth

    Posted on: 04/06/2020 at 7:56 am

    I would be delighted to see puffins.


  17. User: littlevic

    Posted on: 03/06/2020 at 12:24 pm

    I would love to see puffins in the wild.


  18. User: El Rhodes

    Posted on: 02/06/2020 at 6:48 pm

    I’d love to see and hear the gulls at Flat Holme island, they’re not especially fancy, but en masse they are a party of raucous delight!


  19. User: El Rhodes

    Posted on: 02/06/2020 at 6:29 pm

    On An Island Archipelago

    Sing me a song of the sea, and the sound of gulls on an island, screaming.

    Sing me a song of the sea, and the sound of puffins and their burrowed cawwwwing.

    Sing me a song of the sea, and the sound of gannets, and their throttled chortling.

    Oh any sea bird on the edge of the horizon, sing me, oh sing me, a song of the sea.


  20. User: Sgilley

    Posted on: 02/06/2020 at 2:52 pm

    I should love a copy of Seafarers. I would love to see an Albatross.


  21. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 01/06/2020 at 7:18 pm

    I’d like to see a Kittiwake. Love the name and I believe they are very elegant, especially when they dive down on their prey.


  22. User: VanessaChampionPhotographer

    Posted on: 01/06/2020 at 10:19 am

    A Frigate bird. Curious red-gulleted birds, were also called Man-of-war and Pirates. The perfect bird to have an encounter with on the high seas for me! 🙂


  23. User: Teresa S

    Posted on: 01/06/2020 at 8:20 am

    I’d love to see puffins in the wild.


  24. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 01/06/2020 at 6:09 am

    I’d love to see Puffins in the wild, such striking looking birds, they spend most of their lives at sea.


  25. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 01/06/2020 at 2:51 am

    I’ve seen puffins many times but never tire of seeing them, not seen any for years and would love to see them again.


  26. User: philatel

    Posted on: 31/05/2020 at 10:23 pm

    I’d love to see an albatross.


  27. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 31/05/2020 at 10:20 pm

    An Albatross! Must be an amazing sight!


  28. User: Natasha Bowden

    Posted on: 31/05/2020 at 7:22 pm

    I would love to be a Seagull, stealing chips all day.


  29. User: Judy Smith

    Posted on: 31/05/2020 at 6:56 pm

    I would love to see a puffin out in the wild sea coast


  30. User: Sue Kelso Ryan

    Posted on: 31/05/2020 at 6:35 pm

    Can I say Booby? 😀


  31. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 31/05/2020 at 6:14 pm

    A cormorant for the simple reason that it reminds me of Cormoran Strike in the Robert Galbraith novels. Sad, isn’t it?


  32. User: Waterlily76

    Posted on: 31/05/2020 at 5:10 pm

    I have never seen a gannet so that is the bird I would like to see.


  33. User: readerofbooks

    Posted on: 31/05/2020 at 4:25 pm

    Gosh, how can you choose? But I think Puffins!


  34. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 31/05/2020 at 4:02 pm

    I love Puffins x


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