Wesley the Owl - Facts or Fiction?

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Subject: Wesley the Owl - Facts or Fiction?
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 07:58:56 +1000
I am most grateful to all you good birding-aus folk who have reassured me
about the scientific quality of this book.  I can now read it with
confidence and enjoyment.

And I think what was worrying me has been explained by John Leonard's

"Another possibility is that the author delivered a perfectly sensible MS to
the publisher and they insisted on rewriting because they thought they knew
what their readers wanted (or because they could sense a Disney tie-in)."

Now that he points that out, I recall hearing somewhere that often in works
of fiction, authors are required by their publishers to add sex scenes.

Anyway, I have long admired the work of Professor Donald Kroodsma and his
praise of the book (thank you Clive Nealon) certainly assures me.

And already I've learnt quite a bit about owls.  Somehow, for example, I had
managed to live for 80 years admiring birds, without ever knowing that owls
have asymmetrically placed ears and ear openings, as pointed out by Tom

My sincere thanks to all who have responded.   Greatly appreciated.




>  I am reading a book, "Wesley - The Story of a Remarkable Owl" by Stacey
>  O'Brien.  My copy "first published in Australia by Bantam in 2009".  (First
>  published in the US by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
>  2008.)


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