The Hare Hardcover – 14 Mar 2005
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Destined to become a classic and a vital work of reference. --Shooting Times
About the Author
Jill Mason was one of Britain's first women gamekeepers, a job which she enjoyed for over 30 years. She has lived and worked in the countryside all her life and writes for several country and fieldsports magazines. Jill's husband David, formerly also a gamekeeper, is now retired and an enthusiastic and dedicated photographer of wildlife and the countryside. They live in a village in Norfolk.
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'The Hare' is a creation by husband and wife team Jill and David Mason, both former gamekeepers, and indeed the whole book has an air of being a family venture. It is aimed at all age groups and is a pleasant and easy book for people at any reading level. It is relaxing to read and is not as intensive or detailed as one might receive from a book written by professional authors or hare scientists.
This however is a double edged sword. Although it is appealing in its simplicity it does not give the depth of information that one might like and covers many important areas rather briefly. It is also packed with more than 200 photographs which are of good quality but can get rather repetitive.
Mason covers all topics in varying levels of depth and detail including unexpected ones such as 'hare cookery'. She is unashamedly pro-sports and even if you are against hare coursing in principal she puts forward a fair argument, and covers the subject in good detail.
I gave this book 3 stars because although it is an interesting read with many pleasant photographs, it suffers from lack of detail and over-simplicity in terms of what I was hoping for.
Jill Mason clearly cares a great deal about hares and that devotion is shown throughout the book. One sentence struck me as particularly powerful. Near the end of the book she writes, 'Much of the mystery and romance is now missing and a hare is regarded as a less magical creature: it is now just a hare. Let us hope that hares will always be a part of our countryside even if the are no longer part of our culture'.
In addition to this, their love of hares and their enchantment of them comes across on every page. The magic, myth and mystery of hares is thoroughly explored. I have picked this book up again and again. It is the ideal present for anyone who is fascinated by our beautiful, elusive native creature. Buy it, I dare you to be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is amazing, a lovely read and the illustrations are absolutely fabuousPublished 4 months ago by Mazzie
promptly posted, well packaged and an excellent book filled with superb photographs. A great buy. Many thanksPublished 20 months ago by dakini
I'm a bit of a hare fanatic so this book was always going to appeal. I haven't finished reading it yet but what I have read is very interesting and the photographs are stunning.Published on 24 May 2014 by Bengalcat