Simon Cooper is one of the UK's leading chalkstream conservationists. He lives and works on the English rivers, where otters are once again thriving.
`He summarizes his observations by telling the detailed story of a mother and her young and the male otter with which they occasionally interact. He does so with the charm of a Kenneth Grahame but with the scientific rigour of modern behavioural science. It is the best popular account of the lives of otters written so far.' Times Literary Supplement `Offers something new, and ultimately optimistic.' New Scientist `Boldly imaginative and with great skill, conservationist Simon Cooper fictionalises the story of the otter family ... Cooper's knowledge of otter behaviour is profound, but it's his brilliant storytelling that really brings the animals to life' Daily Mail Praise for Simon Cooper: `I loved the gentle flow of this book and the insight into both a pastime and a wonderful corner of the land.' BBC Countryfile `Cooper's enthusiasm is so infectious' Daily Mail `[Simon Cooper] is a renowned fly-fisher himself and, in this book, he writes as well as he casts [...] delightful [...] Mr Cooper is in love with chalkstreams and anyone who reads this splendid book will soon hold the same view.' Country Life `We are taken on a delightful journey overflowing with passages that capture our imagination [...] It is both uplifting and therapeutic' Classic Angling