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The Hare Hardcover – 14 Mar 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books; 1st Edition edition (14 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873674813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873674819
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I am fascinated with Brown Hares and have been studying them for some time. I had hoped that this book would be a useful addition to my knowlegde. There were certainly some lessons in here, but there was far too much about hunting, Hare coursing, types of hunting dogs, styles of hunt, etc. The second half of the book is almost entirely a study of Hare hunting rather than the Hare itself.
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If you are looking for an in-depth study of hare behaviour or the history & conservation of the hare, then this probably isn't the book for you. However if you looking for a fairly basic guide to all aspects relating to the hare then this might just be what your looking for.

'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'.
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I have been searching for a beuatifully photographed and informative book about hares for many years. I regularly see them and find them magical. What Jill Mason and her husband David do in this book is provide the stunning visual images one would expect from a photography book, along with all the facts you ever wanted to know.
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.
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Sadly, the beautiful photographs and interesting detail are overshadowed by many photograhs depicting dead hares or hares about to be killed in the name of human entertainment. The book is clearly written by those in favour of killing beautiful animals for pleasure. Please, could someone produce a beautiful book celebrating the beauty and life of these wonderful animals?
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Whilst this book does contain some good photographs, it's written very much from a hunting perspective. The text is riddled with inaccuracies, especially the Irish hare section which contains gross errors and distorted facts. As someone else pointed out, 'The Hare Book' from the Hare Preservation Trust is a much superior and far more reliable source of information about hares.
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Discovering a leveret in our garden inspired my interest in hares. We think we know all about them- they're just like rabbits, aren't they? Wrong. This wonderful book is part information bible and part coffee table book- nice glossy paper, lots of photographs, and lots of info from the history and mythology of hares to their breeding conditions. A must for any animal enthusiast.
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I wanted this book to use with a small class of children on an Island where the hare was one of the few land mammels. This book proved interesting and told us a lot about all aspects of hares. Fascinating!
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This is a wonderful book with fabulous illustrations. I have already painted two watercolours using the book and intend to do quite a lot more.
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