Tarka the Otter

Author: Henry Williamson
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141924489
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
View: 6637
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.


Author: Daniel Allen
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861898932
Category: Nature
Page: 183
View: 2421
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.

Life Story of an Otter

Author: N.A
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 9781904880066
Category: Nature
Page: 160
View: 3756
This natural history classic, first published in 1909, is a minutely observed, endlessly fascinating and graphic tale of wild animals in the Cornish countryside. The result of many years spent studying these fascinating creatures at close quarters, this is an unsentimental study of a family of otters, from the birth of cubs to childhood and maturity. We see the seasons change as the youngsters mature in river waters, upland pools and estuary creeks. We read of their nocturnal journeys in search of food, of their skirmishes with buzzards and domestic dogs; of being chased and sometimes killed, by otter hounds in the endless cycle of Nature. Said to have been the inspiration for Henry Williamsons classic work, Tarka the Otter, this beautifully written celebration of these glorious creatures presents a vivid snapshot of wild animals in a countryside teeming with interest, beauty and danger mostly in human form. All is set in Tregarthens beloved West Cornwall and written in his own inimitable style, almost from the point of view of the otters themselves. The text includes an appraisal of Tregarthen and this book by Clara, Lady Vyvyan of Trelowarren.

Insight Guides: Great Breaks Devon & Cornwall

Author: Insight Guides
Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited
ISBN: 1780057784
Category: Travel
Page: 128
View: 8509
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.

Henry Williamson

Tarka and the Last Romantic
Author: Anne Williamson
Publisher: Alan Sutton Publishing
ISBN: 9780750914925
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 368
View: 4119
When Tarka the Otter was first published in 1927, it was warmly praised by Thomas Hardy and was awarded the Hawthornden Prize. It also established its author, Henry Williamson, as a writer of considerable stature. Altogether he wrote over fifty books, including his first work, The Flax of Dream tetralogy, and Salar the Salmon, while the series of his later years, A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, was published to widespread acclaim. Born in Brockley, Henry Williamson spent his early life in south-east London, and it was during his explorations of the Kent countryside that his love of nature was first inspired. He was a soldier in the First World War, fighting on the Western Front and participating in the Christmas Truce; it is on this period of his life that the Chronicle novels of the 1950s draw, his descriptions of life in the trenches considered by many to be the finest of their kind. After the war, with life in his family proving difficult, and his first novel accepted, he made the decisive move to Devon ('all my eggs are in my one basket of literature') and set out to make a living as a full-time writer. From this period sprang his Village tales, and other natural history writings, which depict accurately and with feeling the countryside and people with which he was surrounded. During the Second World War he went to live as a farmer in Norfolk, but he found farming interfered too much with his writing, and after the war he returned to Devon. The book also discusses his relationships with women and with his children. Always searching for the love that would make him complete, Henry's domestic arrangements were constantly fraught. His first marriage to Loetitia Hibbert, though theyhad six children, was coloured by his extra-marital liaisons, especially his long affair with Ann Thomas, who bore him a daughter. For a while he was happy in his second marriage which gave him the stability with which to write the great work of his later years, A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight.

Villages of Britain

The Five Hundred Villages that Made the Countryside
Author: Clive Aslet
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408817993
Category: History
Page: 672
View: 8445
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
View: 3284
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
View: 3562
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
View: 4476
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.

The Otters’ Tale

Author: Simon Cooper
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008189722
Category: Nature
Page: 288
View: 2293
Shortlisted for THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2017 ‘The best popular account of the lives of otters written so far’ Richard Shelton, Times Literary Supplement

Rivers of Britain

Estuaries, Tideways, Havens, Lochs, Firths and Kyles
Author: Stuart Fisher
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408155834
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 304
View: 2936
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
View: 9944
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.

Der lebende Berg

Author: Nan Shepherd
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783957574190
Page: 184
View: 8460

Such Darling Dodos

And Other Stories
Author: Angus Wilson
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571253105
Category: Fiction
Page: 190
View: 5703
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
View: 2941
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
View: 2538
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.