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‘You don't have to be an otter fanatic to love Darlington's book... Otter Country is proper nature writing, revealing as much about the writer's obsession with otters as of the animal itself and leaving us in awe of both -’ Sir John Lister-Kaye
‘Wonderful... her book is equal to its subject’ Carl Wilkinson
‘Beautifully evocative... Written in prose as sinuous as the creatures themselves... Otters apparently enjoy a rather illustrious club of fans. Readers of Ms Darlington will be glad she is among them’
‘Sharply observed and lyrically written’ Jason Goodwin
‘Beautifully written... A truly mesmerising and inspirational read’
‘The author is a teacher and poet who writes beautifully and informatively... I have no hesitation recommending this book’
‘Darlington is consistently an agreeable companion - inquisitive, but never a know-it-all, and frequently funny... I challenge anyone not to find [her] writing buoyant and inspirational’ David Profumo
‘A passionate journey, travelled beautifully’ Paul Evans
‘Otter Country captures the raw beauty of the landscape, distilling knowledge from some of the most renowned experts’
‘The writing is sublime ... a piece of sheer joy’
‘Miriam Darlington has written a personal tale of burning quest for one of the most charismatic of all our animals. It is a beautiful book full of sensuous lyricism, but it is also an important contribution to British writing on otters, a tradition in which this country is especially rich’ Mark Cocker, author
‘Otters are one of British conservation's success stories, and this wonderful book is their anthem. The strong clear writing, fascinating research and warm personal voice make it a lovesong not only to otters but to Britain’ Ruth Padel, author
‘Seeing an otter in the wild is one of the most precious and magical wildlife experiences that these islands have to offer, and Miriam Darlington captures that magic perfectly’ Neil Ansell, author of 'Deep Country: Five Years in the Welsh Hills'
‘Miriam Darlington belongs with writers like Mark Cocker and Paul Evans at the peak of the genre. If a better nature book is published this year, I would be very surprised’ Jim Perrin, author of 'West: A Journey through the Landscapes of Loss'
‘This is a diary of utter devotion where landscape is interpreted as otter-text, its messages elusive but traced with deep sensitivity’ Jay Griffiths, author
‘A book to restore that sense of nature red in tooth and claw and our place in amongst it... I turned the last page of Otter Country full of admiration’
‘I was immediately captivated. Darlington is a poet and her prose has a wonderful flow and lyricism... Her passion and forensic attention to her subject are infectious’ Julia Brigdale
‘This book will have you creeping along river banks and lying quietly by pools’
‘The known and loved landscapes of her past and present are evoked with as much care as she gives to her musteline quarry’ Esther Woolfson
‘Beautifully produced... a worthy successor to Tarka and Ring of Bright Water’ John Harding
‘It follows in the tradition of Gavin Maxwell and Henry Williamson, and stands comparison with both... Delightful’ Stephen Moss, Books of the Year--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
MIRIAM DARLINGTON was born and brought up in Lewes, Sussex. A prize-winning poet, she taught French and English for twelve years, before becoming a full-time writer in 2007. Her poetry collection Windfall was published in 2008. She writes a regular monthly column in The Times: Nature Notebook. She lives in Devon with two children, one dog, two cats, four chickens and her husband
A book filled with beautiful prose and insightful information about one of the UK's more elusive animals. Read morePublished 8 months ago by EllSimp
I gobbled up this book and am already planning to re-read it at a more leisurely pace. Brilliant on so many levels; the gorgeous prose, the author's sensitive connection with the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rachel
I wanted to like this book but it falls awkwardly between the line of an informative, resource book and a personal tale about the authors relation with otters and her attempts to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Warner Smith
I found this an excellent book, well written and absorbing. Usually I'm skeptical of the 'in search of' type book, but this is not an 'in search of' book like all the others, its... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peter Rutt
A fabulous read for anyone who loves Otters and the natural world. Bought for a friend in Scotland who was absolutely thrilled, she has otters swimming in front of her house - so... Read morePublished 20 months ago by S G Cross
Miriam's total engagement with the subject together with her extraordinary way with words made this a beautiful and gripping read. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rosemont
This beautiful and readable book is the story of Miriam Darlington's continuing obsession with Britain's wild otters. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Wild Hare
This is a truly lyrical account of Miriam's quest not only to find otters throughout mainland UK but to become otterfied in the process. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2013 by Cowgirl
This is a very elegantly written book. It's never sentimental but an honest and thought-provoking account of the life and times of a single species, but it's also a meditation on... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2013 by Puffin