Tarka the Otter


Author: Henry Williamson
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141924489
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
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In the wild there is no safety. The otter cub Tarka grows up with his mother and sisters, learning to swim, catch fish - and to fear the cry of the hunter and the flash of the metal trap. Soon he must fend for himself, travelling through rivers, woods, moors, ponds and out to sea, sometimes with the female otters White-tip and Greymuzzle, always on the run. Eventually, chased by a pack of hounds, he meets his nemesis, the fearsome dog Deadlock, and must fight for his life.

Otter


Author: Daniel Allen
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861898932
Category: Nature
Page: 183
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Although rarely seen in the wild, the otter is admired for its playful character and graceful aquatic agility, which were established in the popular imagination through books like Tarka the Otter and Ring of Bright Water. This, however, is just a very small part of their story—throughout history the otter has also been widely hunted for its fur and flesh. In Otter, human geographer Daniel Allen reveals how the animal’s identity has been shaped by this variety of human interactions. As Allen explains, otters, while feared by some communities, were hunted to near extinction by others—killed for their valuable pelts in the north Pacific and chased with hounds for sport in Britain. In contrast, Allen describes how Native Americans revered the otter and how indigenous fishermen in parts of Asia trained otters to assist them. Sadly, now all thirteen species of otter are considered threatened, and their survival is by no means certain. In this wide-ranging look at the otter, Allen incorporates anecdotes from folklore, sports, popular literature, media, and conservation studies in order to unravel this complicated cultural history. Otter isa lively book that offers a new way of thinking about this admired and endangered animal.

Insight Guides: Great Breaks Devon & Cornwall


Author: Insight Guides
Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited
ISBN: 1780057784
Category: Travel
Page: 128
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Great Breaks Devon and Cornwall is a practical guidebook in a clean, fresh design to these perennially popular counties, offering a series of clearly laid-out walks and tours, plus listings, full colour photography and maps. The emphasis is on family fun, active pursuits, local flavour and "greener" leisure activities. To inspire you we start with Top Ten Things to Do in Devon and Cornwall, then we give you an overview of where to discover the best eating, drinking and shopping, plus some background on the area's history. The main section guides you round the best places to visit and things to do in the region - choose one of 13 walks and tours, encompassing stunning scenery of high cliffs and haunting moors, delightful coves and thatched cottages, with Cornish pasties and cream teas along the way. The final chapter gives you tips on active pursuits - be it surfing, cycling, riding, hiking, fishing - and selective recommendations on where to stay and where to eat. Whether on a relaxing weekend break or an active holiday, Great Breaks Devon and Cornwall is the ideal companion.

Der Geschmack von Laub und Erde

Wie ich versuchte, als Tier zu leben
Author: Charles Foster
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 3492958761
Category: Science
Page: 288
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Was fühlt ein Tier, wie lebt es und wie nimmt es seine Umwelt wahr? Um das herauszufinden, tritt Charles Foster ein faszinierendes Experiment an. Er schlüpft in die Rolle von fünf verschiedenen Tierarten: Dachs, Otter, Fuchs, Rothirsch und Mauersegler. Er haust in einem Bau unter der Erde, schnappt mit den Zähnen nach Fischen in einem Fluss und durchstöbert Mülltonnen auf der Suche nach Nahrung. Er schärft seine Sinne, wird zum nachtaktiven Lebewesen, beschreibt wie ein Weinkenner die unterschiedlichen »Terroirs« von Würmern und wie sich der Duft der Erde in den verschiedenen Jahreszeiten verändert. In die scharfsinnige und witzige Schilderung seiner skurrilen Erfahrungen lässt er wissenswerte Fakten einfließen und stellt sie in den Kontext philosophischer Themen. Letztendlich geht es dabei auch um die eine Frage: Was es bedeutet, Mensch zu sein.

Villages of Britain

The Five Hundred Villages that Made the Countryside
Author: Clive Aslet
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408817993
Category: History
Page: 672
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Villages of Britain is the history of the countryside, told through five hundred of its most noteworthy settlements. Many of Britain's villages are known for their loveliness, of course, but their role in shaping the nation over the centuries is relatively untold, drowned out by the metropolitan bias of history. A consummate storyteller, Clive Aslet deftly weaves the worlds of agriculture, politics, the arts, industry, folklore, science, ecology, fashion and religion into one irresistible volume. The Bedfordshire works that a century ago manufactured half a billion bricks a year; the Cheshire municipality striving to become the country's first carbon-neutral community; the Derbyshire estate where the cottages represent the gamut of European architecture; the Gloucestershire community founded by Tolstoyans, who still live by anarchic principles; the Leicestershire town where pub walls are embedded with Jurassic-era fossils; the Morayshire settlement where Hogmanay is celebrated eleven days late; the Pembrokeshire fishing hamlet that inspired Dylan Thomas; the Somerset village that was built on the back of the trade in Peruvian bird droppings; the Suffolk village that is rejecting modernity by reconstructing a windmill for grinding flour; the Surrey woodland that fosters Europe's most ancient trees - all these are places that have made a unique contribution to the narrative of this country. Follow Clive Aslet in visiting all five hundred villages, and you will have experienced the history of these islands from a uniquely rural perspective.

Inside the Literacy Hour

Learning from Classroom Experience
Author: Ros Fisher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134518730
Category: Education
Page: 200
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The National Literacy Strategy is at the heart of the government drive to raise the standards in literacy in schools. Based on a research project conducted in classrooms during the first year of the National Literacy Strategy (NLS), this book provides a practical analysis of the ways in which successful teachers have implemented the Literacy Hour. Taking a reflective approach, it chronicles how teachers have changed their attitudes and practice over the first year, and questions why these changes have occurred. With various descriptions of teachers' practice and examples of children's writing throughout, this is an in-depth, yet down-to-earth reflective analysis of effective literacy teaching. Ros Fisher looks in detail at issues such as; improving the teaching of literacy; researching classroom practice; children's learning in the Literacy Hour; changing practice at Key Stage One and Two and mixed age classes and literacy for four-year-olds.

Slow Devon and Exmoor


Author: Hilary Bradt,Janice Booth
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
ISBN: 1841623229
Category: Travel
Page: 274
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One of three launch titles in the new Slow series of regional UK guides from two of the UK's most distinctive travel publishers: Bradt and Alastair Sawday. Travel slowly and sustainably with Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt guides and a resident of Devon, as she takes you on a personal 'slow' tour of Devon and Exmoor. Connect with the people, places, environment and heritage of this spectacular part of the country and discover for yourself the unsung delights, well known sights, wildlife, coast and countryside - not to mention the foibles of the locals - in this truly unique guide. Topping it off is an enticing selection of accommodation from the inimitable collection of Alastair Sawday.

The Nature Magpie

A Cornucopia of Facts, Anecdotes, Folklore and Literature from the Natural World
Author: Daniel Allen
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848315341
Category: Nature
Page: 224
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A collection of anecdotes, facts, figures, folklore and literature, The Nature Magpie is a veritable treasure trove of humanity’s thoughts and feelings about nature. With acclaimed nature writer Daniel Allen as your guide, join naturalists, novelists and poets as they explore the most isolated parts of the planet, choose your side – pineapple or durian – in the great 'king of fruits' debate and discover which plants can be used to predict the weather. Meet the roadkill connoisseurs, learn to dance the Hippopotamus Polka, find out the likelihood of sharing your name with a hurricane – and much more.

Rivers of Britain

Estuaries, Tideways, Havens, Lochs, Firths and Kyles
Author: Stuart Fisher
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408155834
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 304
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Britain's rivers deserve to be better known. Teeming with wildlife, steeped in history, sporting bridges, docks and stunning architecture, not to mention supporting riverside pubs, waterways museums and a variety of places of interest, they are the country's essential arteries, connecting inland Britain with the sea. Covering Britain's best known tidal rivers (the Avon, Severn, Dee, Mersey, Tyne and Thames), to the picturesque rural Camel, Wye, Orwell and Crouch, as well as the industrial rivers of the Medway, Tyne and Clyde, right down to the smallest and lesser known of Britain's tidal waterways, this is a fascinating and comprehensive guide, packed with maps, colour photographs and interesting facts about the lifeblood of our country. Of interest to sailors, fishermen, motorised craft and canoeists keen to discover beautiful unfrequented spots, stopping points, places of interest, riverside pubs and lookout points, as well as practical information on rapids, weirs and nearby towns and car parks, it will also interest walkers, cyclists, families and holidaymakers discovering the local history, folklore, riverside architecture and places to take river trips.

The Hidden Places of England


Author: Peter Long
Publisher: Travel Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781904434122
Category: Travel
Page: 676
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England's landscape is as diverse as its culture. It is a country with magnificent landscapes. This guide looks at the more established places of interest throughout the country, but it also focuses on the more secluded and little known visitor attractions and places to stay, eat and drink.

Elefantenwinter


Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Aladin Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3848960117
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 176
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Lizzie lebt mit ihren Eltern und ihrem jüngeren Bruder in Dresden, als der Zweite Weltkrieg ausbricht. Während ihr Vater an die Front muss, nimmt Lizzies Mutter eine Stelle im Dresdner Zoo an. Das Elefantenmädchen Marlene schließt sie sofort ins Herz. Als die Stadt 1944 von den Aliierten bombardiert wird, flieht die Familie – mit Marlene im Schlepptau. Die Flucht ist beschwerlich und stets begleitet von Hunger und Angst. Alle sind am Ende ihrer Kräfte. Aber dann treffen sie Peter, einen kanadischen Piloten, der ihnen seine Hilfe anbietet. Doch können sie ihm, dem Feind, vertrauen?

Die Große Wildnis


Author: Piers Torday
Publisher: cbj Verlag
ISBN: 3641127718
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 384
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Zauberhaft, herzzerreißend und wunderbar humorvoll In einer Welt, in der keine Tiere mehr existieren, kommt sich auch der 12-jährige Kester manchmal vor wie der Letzte seiner Art. Zumindest in dem Mentorium für Problemkinder, in dem er lebt und wo alle so tun, als sei mit ihm etwas nicht in Ordnung. Als er dann auf einen Schwarm sprechender Tauben trifft, denkt Kester, jetzt werde er völlig verrückt. Aber diese Tiere haben ihm etwas mitzuteilen ... Sie befreien Kester und bringen ihn in die Wildnis zu einem Ort, an dem die letzten wilden Tiere verborgen vor der Welt überlebt haben. Ihr weiser Anführer, ein mächtiger Hirsch, bittet Kester um Hilfe, und gemeinsam begeben sie sich auf eine große Reise, begleitet von einem vorwitzigen Wolfsjungen, einer eitlen Katzendiva, einer tanzenden Feldmaus, einer philosophischen weißen Taube und einem eigensinnigen Mädchen namens Polly. Ein großartiger Abenteuerroman – dramatisch, bildgewaltig und gefühlsgeladen.

Such Darling Dodos

And Other Stories
Author: Angus Wilson
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571253105
Category: Fiction
Page: 190
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Towards the end of Angus Wilson's life his short stories were entombed in a collected volume. By way of signifying the corpus was sadly complete that made sense but it didn't do justice to the importance and quality of his work in this medium. Three volumes of short stories were published - The Wrong Set, Such Darling Dodos and A Bit Off the Map. Faber Finds are reissuing these original selections. Angus Wilson made his initial reputation by his short stories, The Wrong Set and Such Darling Dodos being his first two published books, appearing in 1949 and 1950 respectively. When reviewing Such Darling Dodos C. P. Snow perceptively wrote, 'Part-bizarre, part-savage and part-maudlin, there is nothing much like it on the contemporary scene. It is rather as though a man of acute sensibility felt left out of the human party, and was surveying it, half-enviously, half-contemptuously, from the corner of the room, determined to strip-off the comfortable pretences and show that this party is pretty horrifying after all ... Sometimes the effect is too mad to be pleasant, sometimes most moving; no one could deny Mr Wilson's gift.' As Margaret Drabble points out in her biography of Angus Wilson (to be reissued in Faber Finds) his stories were in their own way to be as iconoclastic and irreverent as John Osborne's plays were to be. They not so much deserve as demand to be re-read.

Four to Fourteen


Author: Kathleen M. Lines
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107497795
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 364
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First published in 1956, this book contains a list of children's books suitable for children from infancy until the early teens.

The Oxford Companion to English Literature


Author: Dinah Birch
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191030848
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 1184
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The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - to increased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. The Companion has always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date. So also has coverage of the themes, approaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers from around the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film and television, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classic Companion - now under the editorship of Dinah Birch, assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.

Island of the Blue Dolphins


Author: Scott O'Dell
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141925248
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 160
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Twelve-year-old Karana escapes death at the hands of treacherous hunters, only to find herself totally alone on a harsh desolate island. How she survives in the face of all sorts of dangers makes gripping and inspiring reading. Based on a true story.

War Memorial

The Story of One Village's Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003
Author: Clive Aslet
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241960665
Category: History
Page: 384
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Clive Aslet's War Memorial: The Story of One Village's Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003, is a powerful story of those who died in war. Who were the men and women whose names are commemorated on war memorials around the country? Where did they live - and how and why did they die? Such questions usually go unanswered, but this book for the first time unravels the story of one war memorial, in the Dartmoor village of Lydford. Through original documents, Clive Aslet traces in vivid detail the lives of the twenty-two men, and one woman, who made the supreme sacrifice fighting for Britain in the two World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq. The result is an intimate portrait of one corner of the countryside in the twentieth century, and an extraordinary tale of the endurance and bravery of otherwise ordinary people - farmers, masons, railway-workers, landowners, schoolchildren - who, but for the war memorial, would be forgotten. The perfect book for those who loved The Real Dad's Army by Colonel Rodney Foster, War Memorial is about the people who laid down their lives for us, and who will always be remembered. Praise for War Memorial: 'With this book Aslet makes an important contribution to social history... the stories are not tidy portraits of heroism but achingly real portraits of wartime loss experienced by a changing rural community' Daily Express 'Leaves one with a profound sense of the vagaries and cruelties of fate, particularly during times of war' Country Life '[A] fascinating history . . . Aslet tells their stories with great elegance, and though the period has been gone over in exhaustive detail, he still manages fresh insights that bring it to vivid life' Daily Telegraph Clive Aslet is an award-winning journalist and former Editor of Country Life who has spent his career observing Britain and its ways. An authority on British life, he has written several books on the subject - including The Last Country Houses, Landmarks of Britain, and Villages of Britain.