The Naturalist's Bedside Book Hardcover – 3 Sep 2008
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A poetic style that is laced with BB's knowledgeable opinion on the natural world. An early Christmas treat for all. --The Field, December 2008
Whether finding old nests in winter hedgerows or searching Rockingham Forest for ancient monuments, it's the author s love of all things country that shines through. --Shooting Gazette, December 2008
Merlin Unwin has kept faith with the importance of design, giving this new edition enlarged print and a thoughtful layout. This collection of essays unlocks the secrets of the woods and fields and shows just what an acute observer of nature BB was. --Shooting Times, November 2008
This classic work shows the inimitable BB at his best, taking us gently through the changing year. He evokes the magic of the countryside in a way that no other author can. It is a book that every true countryman will treasure and read again and again. --Shooting and Conservation (BASC)
A new generation can now enjoy the fine prose and fine drawings. An unsurpassed delight. --This England
About the Author
Denys Watkins-Pitchford, or 'BB' as he is known, was born in 1905. He grew up in Northamptonshire, where he spent many hours out in the open air as ill health prevented him from being sent to boarding school. He studied art in Paris and at The Royal College of Art in London, and for seventeen years was art master at Rugby School. He was already illustrating books before he began to write under his pseudonym, 'BB'. The Sportsman's Bedside Book (1937) was the first to carry these now famous initials, followed by Wild Lone, the Story of the Pytchley Fox (1939) and Manka, The Sky Gypsy, The Story of a Wild Goose (1939). He was awarded the Carnegie Medal for The Little Grey Men (1941), the tale of the last gnomes in England, which established him in the forefront of literature for children. Many titles followed for both adults and children, and his reputation as a naturalist was further enhanced by his contributions to The Field, Country Life and Shooting Times. He died in 1990.
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my BB book is in my hands and I have been reading the seasons and can re.late my own experiences when three birds shot alone are better than a massacre committed by a few friends.
BB has always been my favourite author and Shooting Times is never far from my side.
The book is a great read and although it is termed a Naturalists book it does mention shooting so may not be suitable for a non shooting Naturalist.
I have bought BB books for my 17 year old Nephew for many Christmas's and he will certainly be looking forward to reading this one too. Once I have re read it of course. My large Dog Sam has moved to the back door, better get my coat load my gun and walk the estate hopefully it is too cold for the Gamekeeper to be watching out for us.
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