Badgerlands The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal

by Patrick Barkham

The Real World

Badgerlands The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9781847085054
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781847085047
Publication date: 03/10/2013
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847085054
Publication date: 5th June 2014
Author: Patrick Barkham
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: The Real World,
Categories: Wildlife: mammals,

About Patrick Barkham

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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