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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and so evocative, 1 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Red Sky at Night: The Book of Lost Country Wisdom (Hardcover)
I heard about the book from Amazon, who told me that the readers of my "The English Book of Magic" were deserting me to read Jane's. I ordered a copy and prepared to criticise, but was disarmed immediately. Where she got her facts from, I don't know, but they are totally wonderful and so evocative of my own upbringing in a small English village, when everyone still knew each other and the pub had not become a Gastro. How can you not be seduced by wonderful insights into the boxing matches of hares, which turn out not to be a male contests to impress the female, but the equivalent of the female whacking the male hare over the head with a handbag. Then there are Bee's. I always thought them self-absorbed in there busy life, but No! Unless you tap gently on their hive and give them a full update on your life and family history they will go into terminal decline. Sad stories of the end of familiar country animals range from wolves to the most beautiful of owls, which you may still hear but never see - what has the modern world done. Yet, with Jane's book to hand, it all comes back, clear as the day my nanny took me hunting for nettles to make into a soup and disturbed a wasp's nest in the process.

Thank you Jane. What a treasure!
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2009 21:37:32 GMT
Pyewacket says:
You have written such a lovely review that I now fully intend to purchase this book. Thank you.
Solstice Blessings

Posted on 30 Sep 2010 12:18:04 BDT
Bee's ?! There ?! !!

Posted on 10 Nov 2010 08:57:34 GMT
Hippo Queen says:
I've been uming and ahing over buying this book. Having read this review it is now sitting on my wish list waiting to be purchased. Thank you for such a unbiased review.

I do have your book on my wish list too.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2011 10:39:02 BDT
The little b***ers chased me all the way home!
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