Friday 29 March 2013

My book is published at last!

Never mind 50 shades, forget about Harry Potter, a new best selling author (in waiting) has arrived... me!

My first book Confessions of a Bird Guide is now available (ISBN:  978-1-291-33819-5 Pbk £7.99 + pp only available from the author at this time; write to

Here's how it is described on the back cover, couldn't have put it better myself:

"Confessions of a Bird Guide is a witty, candid account of Rick Simpson's adventures in birding and a life that has taken him from England to Brazil and back again. Charting his journey from young boy in a makeshift hide, through the twitching years to becoming a bird guide in Brazil and eventually setting up the Ubatuba birdwatching centre, it is a tale full of highs and lows, of buff-throated purpletufts and black-hooded antwrens, of friendship and subterfuge that is sure to strike a chord with birders everywhere."

Hard at work, the scribe in action.
On the 4th of April I will be giving a talk to the Bucks Bird Club at the Memorial Hall, Manor Road, Wendover HP22 6HF where I will talk about my experiences as a bird guide in Brazil, it will be your chance to get hold of one of the very first copies of this literary masterpiece to go on sale so come and see us!

We have written and produced this book in the hope that we will be able to use it to raise some funds to support the Wader Quest project. So whether you like reading books, couldn't care less what has happened to me in my insignificant little life or even think that I am a complete pillock, I implore you to buy a copy even if you only use it to fuel your stove. Buying the book is supporting Wader Quest and therefore the Spoon-billed sandpiper.

Me in action again, this time pontificating, the backing band didn't show up!


  1. Congratulations! I am sorry not to be able to attend the talk. I am sure I will learn a lot of the book. :) Hopefully many books will follow this one. I need a signed copy my friend. :)

    Best, Szimi

    1. Thanks for your comment Szimi and sorry for the delay in responding, didn't see it!
      I have put one aside for you and it is duly signed, hope you enjoy it!