Garry Kilworth has written a wonderful adventure story centred around hares, but also encompassing the many other species which live around them in the countryside. Telling a story from the perspective of a hare, and getting the reader to identify with an animal is not as easy thing to do, but Kilworth pulls it off with ease. The book centres around Skelter, who is captured from his native highlands by the most mysterious predator of them all, man, and is taken away for hare coursing. After the first of many miraculous escapes related in the story, Skelter avoids being ripped to pieces by the dogs and is forced to settle in an alien environment and live amongst the native hares. The bulk of the story, however, deals with the hares' struggle with a new devastating predator which threatens to decimate their local colonies and drive them to extinction. Funny in places, moving in others, you'll find it hard to look at an animal, domestic or wild, after reading this book, and wonder what they're REALLY thinking!
Definitely a very entertaining book, this. A fairly typical anthropomorphic animal tale, it follows the antics of our hare hero. While not as cute and cuddly as, say, "Watership Down", it follows an enjoyable, albeit slightly disjointed and to me sometimes seemingly rushed narrative. It is a good read, and there is a brilliant "Watership Down" spoof hidden in plain sight.
It's not for spoofing that favourite that I only give it four stars. I just don't think it's as good as WD. But good it definitely his, high above the standard of most such novels.
came well within delivery dates, well packaged and in good condition. Have only had this book a few days but am well into it, so beautifully written, sad in places but also the opposite. Am looking forward to buying more books by this author.