Cover art for The Feather Thief
Published
Windmill Publishing, June 2019
ISBN
9780099510666
Format
Softcover, 320 pages
Dimensions
19.8cm × 12.9cm × 2cm

The Feather Thief Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

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'A tale of obsession ... vivid and arresting' - The Times

One summer evening in 2009, twenty-year-old musical prodigy Edwin Rist broke into theNatural History Museum at Tring, home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world. Once inside, Rist grabbed as many rare bird specimens as he was able to carry before escaping into the darkness.

Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist-deep in a river in New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide first told him about the heist. But what would possess a person to steal dead birds? And had Rist paid for his crime? In search of answers, Johnson embarked upon a worldwide investigation, leading him into the fiercely secretive underground community obsessed with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.

Was Edwin Rist a genius or narcissist? Mastermind or pawn?

Recommended by Marijke

Marijke is the Customer Service Supervisor at Boffins and has been a Boffin for over five years, and a bird fanatic for even longer. She reads anything interesting.

Musical prodigies, the natural history collections of Alfred Russell Wallace, and Victorian-era fly-tying experts come together with this stranger-than-fiction true crime. This book is fascinating, sometimes infuriating, and is well worth a read.

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