The Running Hare

The Running Hare The Secret Life of Farmland

Paperback (20 Apr 2017) | English

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Synopsis

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'BRITAIN'S FINEST LIVING NATURE WRITER' - THE TIMES

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.

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Black Swan is an imprint of Transworld Publishers and publishes bestselling authors such as Bill Bryson, Sophie Kinsella, Kate Atkinson and Joanne Harris in paperback.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784160746
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Black Swan
Pub date:
DEWEY: 577.460942
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 4925
Number of pages: 299
Weight: 240g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 19mm