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Badgerlands The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal by Patrick Barkham
  

Badgerlands The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal

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Sue Baker's view...

Patrick Barkham explores the life of the Badger, often a very short and brutal one. Distained as a hunting target by most of the “upper classes” it became the target for poor man’s sport and then with the Victorians enthusiasm for natural history it became studied and in the Wind in the Willows, immortalised as the grand sage of the Wild Woods. Patrick Barkham is out talking to farmers and conservationists, badger lovers and haters trying to give an even-handed view of the role of the badger in today’s world. There’s some hard to read stuff here, but it has to be acknowledged and it does give you a real insight into the current situation regarding cattle TB, there’s surprisingly little in print on badgers today and this is therefore a welcome insight into their world.

Shortlisted for The THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 - The new literary prize for Nature & Travel Writing about Britain.

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Badgerlands The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal by Patrick Barkham

Shortlisted for The THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 - The new literary prize for Nature & Travel Writing about Britain.

Britain is the home of the badger - there are more badgers per square kilometre in this country than in any other. And yet many of us have never seen one alive and in the wild. They are nocturnal creatures who vanish into their labyrinthine underground setts at the first hint of a human. Here, Patrick Barkham follows in the footsteps of his badger-loving grandmother, to meet the feeders, farmers and scientists who know their way around Badgerlands: the mysterious world in which these distinctively striped creatures snuffle, dig and live out their complex social lives. As the debate over the badger cull continues, Barkham weighs the evidence on both sides of the argument, and delves into the rich history of the badger - from their prehistoric arrival in Britain and their savage persecution over the centuries, to Kenneth Grahame's fictional creation in Wind in the Willows and the badger who became a White House pet. From the celebrated author of The Butterfly Isles, this is rich, vivid nature writing at its best.

About the Author

Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He lives in London but spends most of his weekends in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was short listed for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje prize. He is currently working on a new book about badgers, to be published by Granta Books.

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Publication date

5th June 2014

Author

Patrick Barkham

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Publisher

Granta Books

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Wildlife: mammals

ISBN

9781847085054

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