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Nature Tales: Encounters with Britain's Wildlife [Hardcover]

Michael Allen , Sonya Patel Ellis
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24 Sep 2010
Nature Tales is a charming collection of encounters with the natural world from historic greats to modern household names, from Wildlife Trusts supporters to leading naturalists, such as: Andrew Lack, Bill Oddie, Charles Darwin, Charles Waterton, Chris Baines, Chris Beardshaw, Colin J. Martin, Colin Tudge, David Lack, Dorothy Wordsworth, Dominic Couzens, Edmund Selous, Edward A Armstrong, Edward Grey, Edward Thomas, Eric Ennion, Francis Kilvert, Gavin Maxwell, Geoffrey Grigson, George Montagu, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gilbert White, Henry Eliot Howard, Henry Williamson, John Alec Baker, John Aubrey, John Buxton, John Clare, Jules Pretty, Kathleen Jamie, Mark Cocker, Miriam Rothschild, Nan Shepherd, Richard Jefferies, Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane, Roger Deakin, Ronald Lockley, Ruth Padel, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Simon Barnes, Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, Sir John Lister Kaye, Sir Joseph Banks, Stephen Moss, Thomas Gray, Tim Dee, William Cobbett, Nick Baker, Elizabeth Jane Howard, and Paul Evans. Including beautifully drawn illustrations, Nature Tales is a charming celebration of Britain's wildlife and countryside.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited; First Edition edition (24 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904027946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904027942
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This wonderful collection of some of the greatest nature writers in Britain s history is a pleasure to read from start to finish. --Sir David Attenborough

About the Author

Michael Allen is the Chairman of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. He is a retired professor of English Literature at Cambridge University and has a life-long passion for literature and ornithology. Sonya Patel Ellis is an experienced freelance writer on the environment, wildlife and travel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point 7 Jan 2012
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This book is a splendid introduction to the many and varied voices that have written about British wildlife over the last couple of hundred years.

The book contains about 60 short articles or essays. Some are new, most have been sourced from other, more extensive, works. The book itself is built around themed chapters - gardens, birds, rivers etc.

If you have already explored the byways of British nature writing there will be many familiar names within this book. However, it does seem that most of the voices come from people who have encountered wildlife as recreation (professional writers excepted) rather than through their profession. Does the editor of the book think that farmers, fisherman and gamekeepers have nothing to say about the wild state of Britain?

A think it's best to view this book as a starting point for further exploration rather than a end point it itself - and the less you have already read the more new starting points you will find.

In summary - a decent anthology of works, which will make you appreciate the longer versions if you have already read them, and which should allow you to find some new voices.

Recommended to those new to the genre, but maybe a little too familiar for the well versed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the enthusiast 10 Mar 2011
What a disappointing collection from such a great selection of names. I was expecting a more layman's dip in treasury of nature stories, rather than the enthusiasts guide to wildlife. Short pieces written by various names including Bill Oddie, Charles Darwin, Gavin Maxwell, MArk Cocker, John Lister Kaye which span a couple of hundred years, but it's on the heavy side with sections that are more like magazine articles for learned and enthusiasts wildlife magazines than a curl up and dip in book. There are sections entitled "Hoverfly", "Ravens", "Gold crested wren" and others about areas such as "Islay", "A Welsh farm", "Gordale Scar" etc, some more readable than others. There's no doubting the enthusiasm of the writer. Forward by Sir David Attenborough there are also one or two names I think are missing such as Mark Carwardine, Ian Wallace, Sir Peter Scott, absolutely no poetry!!!! and Gerald Durrell (but of course his wasn't British wildlife. Wait for the paperback if you really want it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL 12 Feb 2011
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