I recently reviewed Peter Gray's excellent book Telemachus. Peter has very kindly agreed to give away a signed copy to three lucky Examining the Odd readers!
Telemachus is a unique piece of fiction. It follows the daily lives of a handful of birds in their colony. The book manages to realistically portray the struggles of human family life through these birds. How does a mother cope with the loss of her children/chicks? How does a man juggle the pressures of family demands and a high-powered job? What does one do in the face of unrequited love? In short, it's like a soap opera... with birds. However, that's not to say that humans have simple been replaced by birds for quirky effect - the reader really gets a sense of what bird-life might be like.