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An Astronomer's Tale


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The Shepherd's Life meets Brian Cox - the inspirational memoir of a former brickie who followed his passion for the stars

Soon to be a major ITV TV series.

About the Author

Gary Fildes was born in Sunderland. He is the founder and lead astronomer of Kielder observatory, located in the forests of Northumberland. Among the world's best sites for watching stars, it receives over 20,000 visitors a year. Gary did not attend university and left school at 17. In 2012 he was given an honorary Master's degree from Durham University in recognition for his services to astronomy. He is currently leading a multi-million pound fundraising drive to make Kielder the world's biggest public observatory.


"I can heartily recommend this book as an inspiration to all public outreach volunteers as, like Gary, they too reach for the stars " * BBC Sky at Night Magazine *
"The observing tips are honed by years of experience, and Fildes excels at capturing the atmosphere at public observatories and star parties" * Physics World *
"Kielder is a stargazer's paradise" -- Robert Macfarlane
"Move over Brian Cox" * Daily Telegraph *
"Gary's story reminds us of the old saying that our destiny is not in the stars but in ourselves. He is proof that dreamers from the most unlikely backgrounds can turn their hopes into reality, if they get lucky and work hard... A moving and informative read" * Sunday Times *

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