Above: New limited-edition work from Bernard Howlett: only 50 copies are to be printed


A COMPREHENSIVE LIMITED-EDITION book on the London fancy canary has been self-published by Bernard Howlett.

A single print run consisting of 50 copies of Rise of The Fancy Bird, written by Mr Howlett, was published at the end of August. Since 1997, Mr Howlett has been working on a project to recreate the London fancy. In his new book, he depicts the conception of the London fancy to its demise and rebirth. The book contains more than 300 pages of news items, show reports and black-and-white and colour photographs on the subject.

There are four chapters in the book: The Glory Days, The Doldrums, A New Beginning and Going For Gold.

Also reprinted are letters from those for and against the recreation of this variety, which either first appeared in Cage & Aviary Birds or were sent directly to Mr Howlett.

Mr Howlett is the UK’s leading advocate of the new London fancy. He is also a world champion with his song thrushes, having won gold medals at World Shows in three different song thrush classes – team, normal and variant. He is the first keeper to breed viable strains of albino, cinnamon and satinette blackbirds in the UK, and has written articles for this paper since 1967.

Rise of The Fancy Bird, hardcover, RRP £25 (not including P&P), is written and published by Bernard Howlett. Postage for overseas is extra.

– To order your copy, please write to Bernard Howlett at Beckett End, Beck Street, Hepworth, Diss, Norfolk IP22 2PN or tel: 01359 221 245.

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