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No Beast So Fierce

The Champawat Tiger and Her Hunter, the First Tiger Conservationist

Dane Huckelbridge



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Harper Collins
18 February 2019
True stories of heroism, endurance & survival; Asian history; Colonialism & imperialism; Mathematics & Sciences; Hunting or shooting animals & game
The deadliest animal of all time meets the world's most legendary hunter in a classic battle between man and wild. But this pulse-pounding narrative is also a nuanced story of how colonialism and environmental destruction upset the natural order, placing man, tiger and nature on a collision course.

In Champawat, India, circa 1900, a Bengal tigress was wounded by a poacher in the forests of the Himalayan foothills. Unable to hunt her usual prey, the tiger began stalking and eating an easier food source: human beings. Between 1900 and 1907, the Champawat Man-Eater, as she became known, emerged as the most prolific serial killer of human beings the world has ever known, claiming an astonishing 436 lives.

Desperate for help, authorities appealed to renowned local hunter Jim Corbett, an Indian-born Brit of Irish descent, who was intimately familiar with the Champawat forest. Corbett, who would later earn fame and devote the latter part of his life to saving the Bengal tiger and its habitat, sprang into action. Like a detective on the tail of a serial killer, he tracked the tiger's movements, as the tiger began to hunt him in return.

This was the beginning of Corbett's life-long love of tigers, though his first encounter with the Champawat Tiger would be her last.
By:   Dane Huckelbridge
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   530g
ISBN:   9780008331726
ISBN 10:   0008331723
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   18 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Dane Huckelbridge is the author of Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit . His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The New Republic and New Delta Review. His novel, Castle of Water (2017), was hailed as `a unique, inventive exploration of love, loss and survival' by Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale. A graduate of Princeton University, Dane lives in Paris.

Reviews for No Beast So Fierce: The Champawat Tiger and Her Hunter, the First Tiger Conservationist

'I had a feeling this book would hook me from the get-go. I was right.' - MICHAEL WALLIS, author of The Best Land Under Heaven Praise for Bourbon by Dane Hucklebridge 'Complex and entertaining' Wall Street Journal 'Engrossing' Washington Post 'Definitive' Sacramento Bee 'Raucously entertaining' Publishers Weekly

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