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The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland
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John Lewis-Stempel
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The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

John Lewis-Stempel


9781784160746

Black Swan


Mathematics & Sciences;
Wildlife: general interest;
The countryside, country life


Paperback

320 pages

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The Sunday Times Bestseller - SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2017 Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life.

Written in exquisite prose, The Running Hare tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. It recalls an era before open-roofed factories and silent, empty fields, recording the ongoing destruction of the unique, fragile, glorious ploughland that exists just down the village lane.

But it is also the story of ploughland through the eyes of man who took on a field and husbanded it in a natural, traditional way, restoring its fertility and wildlife, bringing back the old farmland flowers and animals. John Lewis Stempel demonstrates that it is still possible to create a place where the hare can rest safe.

Shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Society White Horse Bookshop Prize 2016. John Lewis-Stempel was winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 for MEADOWLAND.

By:   John Lewis-Stempel
Imprint:   Black Swan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   242g
ISBN:   9781784160746
ISBN 10:   1784160741
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   April 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Lewis-Stempel is a writer and farmer. His many previous books include The Wild Life: A Year of Living on Wild Food, England: The Autobiography, Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War and Meadowland, which won the Thwaites Wainwright Prize in 2015. John writes for Country Life and won the BMSE Columnist of the Year Award in 2016. He lives on the borders of England and Wales with his wife and two children.


He describes beautifully the changing of the seasons and the habits of animals such as the hares that make their home in his field. The book is a superb piece of nature writing. -- Ian Critchley Sunday Times That John Lewis-Stempel is one of the best nature writers of his generation is undisputed. Country Life Englightening and stylish...Readers who enjoyed the author's last book, Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field, will find much in the same vein here: a mix of agricultural history, rural lore, topographical description and childhood memories. I learned a good deal... Lewis-Stempel is a fine stylist, adroitly conjuring scenes in which medieval mist hangs in the trees or frost clenches the ground ... -- Sara Wheeler Observer A beautifully written paean to the countryside in all its rich diversity. -- PD Smith Guardian A beautifully observed book, full of poetic descriptions. Brilliant and galvanising. Sunday Express

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