Sunday e book evaluation – Hunt for the Shadow Wolf by Derek Gow – Mark Avery

I’ve reviewed two of Derek Gow’s earlier books (Bringing Again the Beaver, September 2020; Birds, Beasts and Bedlam, July 2022) and each had been superb books, however that is by a way a greater e book than both of these, which, to me, makes it a superb e book.

You don’t must be mad eager on seeing Wolves strolling down your native Excessive Road to take pleasure in this e book. It’s a riveting take a look at human attitudes to a contentious species. The e book is as a lot a glance within the mirror for us as it’s a take a look at a prime carnivore.

I feel that this e book is written with a stronger view to tell and problem us than a few of Derek’s earlier writing which had excessive leisure worth. Don’t get me mistaken, this e book is much more entertaining, for me, for being a tad extra analytical and considerate.

In these pages we meet Aelfric of Eynsham, The Duke of Sutherland, Roy Dennis, Aldo Leopold and we journey via the UK and lots of European nations and past.

If you’re focused on when Wolves disappeared from the UK, and the way and why, and whether or not we must always get them again, and who would undergo, if anybody, and who would profit, then it is a e book for you. Even when none of that grabs you very a lot, it is a e book for you as a result of it’s so effectively written and can put smiles and frowns in your face at numerous locations.

As at all times, Gow has an awesome flip of phrase. How about ‘…shepherds baptised within the fonts of deep bigotry’? Whether or not you agree or not, it’s a phrase to recollect.

The illustrations are glorious – they, too, are by the writer.

This would be the e book of the 12 months for many individuals. Perhaps for this weblog too – but it surely’s too early to inform. It’s sure although, that I received’t have forgotten this e book by the point I get to choosing my favorite e book of the 12 months in late November.

The duvet? I’ll give it 10/10.

Hunt for the Shadow Wolf: The misplaced historical past of wolves in Britain and the myths and tales that encompass them by Derek Gow is revealed by Chelsea Inexperienced.


Purchase direct from Blackwell’s – a correct bookshop (and I’ll get somewhat bit of cash from them)


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