Deer. John Fletcher.

London: Reaktion Books, 2014. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs, illustrations.

Reaktion Animal Series. Deer appear in religion and mythology, on coats of arms, in fine art, and in literature ranging from The Yearling to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. In this book, veterinarian and deer farmer John Fletcher brings together the cultural and natural history of these noble animals. Fletcher traces the evolution of deer, explaining why deer grow and cast aside their antlers each year and describing their symbolism in various cultures throughout history. He divulges the true story of Rudolph and Santa's other reindeer and explores the role deer have played as prized objects of the hunt in Europe, Asia and America. Wide-ranging and richly illustrated, Deer provides a fresh perspective on this graceful, powerful animal that will appeal to hunters and gatherers alike.

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