My second book, Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?, is the story of my return to birdwatching after three decades away, and of my attempt to see 200 species of British bird in 2016. It has successfully funded with pioneering crowdfunding publishers Unbound, and is currently with them for copyediting. You can find out more about it and support it here.

My first book, Waving, Not Drowning, a searing exposé of the conductor’s art from upbeat to cufflinks, was published in 2013. You can find it here. If you’d like to try before you buy, you can download sample chapters for free..

Parikian’s very real skills as both writer and humourist render Waving, Not Drowning a highly entertaining read – Classical Music magazine

Hilarious and wise – conductor and writer Kenneth Woods

I haven’t laughed so much in years – reviewer

Thoroughly recommended – wonderful fun – light-hearted but with warmth and depth – essential reading for all orchestral musicians and members of the public – reviews

The left-field approach is a smart way to transmit a few home truths and puncture the pomposity classical music is so often accused of” – Classical Music magazine