Mark Cocker is an author and naturalist and contributes regularly to The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement and other publications. All of his eight books deal with modern responses to wilderness, whether found in landscape, human societies or in other species. His last work, Crow Country, was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2008 and won the New Angle Prize 2009. For the last five years he has being working on a major new book with photographer David Tipling. Birds and People(Jonathan Cape) is a worldwide survey of the cultural importance of birds and is due out in 2013.