London: Granta, 2013. Octavo, paperback, line drawings.
Over the course of a year, Miriam Darlington travelled around Britain in search of wild otters. This book follows Darlington's journey through different landscapes, seasons, and weather as she tracks one of Britain's most elusive animals. During her search, she meets otter experts, representatives of the Environment Agency, conservationists, ecologists, walkers, Henry Williamson's family, Gavin Maxwell's heir; zoo keepers, fishermen, scientists, hunters and poets. Above all she learns how to track and be around otters, and that the stillness required to actually see this shy animal can bring many unasked-for wonders. Written in mesmerising prose, this book establishes Darlington as a prominent voice in the new generation of British nature writers. Also available in hardcover [stock id 35183].
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