BEING A BEAST: Adventures Across the Species Divide


BEING A BEAST: Adventures Across the Species Divide

CHARLES FOSTER    Book Number: 86989    Product format: Hardback

A passionate naturalist explores what it is really like to be an animal by living among them. To test the limits of our ability to inhabit lives that are not our own, Charles Foster tried to be like a badger, an otter, a fox, a deer and a swift. He lived alongside badgers for weeks, sleeping in a burrow on a Welsh hillside and eating earthworms, learning to sense the landscape through his nose rather than his eyes. He tried to catch fish in his teeth while swimming like an otter, rooted through the London litter bins as an urban fox, and as a red deer he was hunted by bloodhounds and nearly died in the snow. Finally he followed the swifts on their migration route over the Strait of Gibraltar, discovering himself to be strangely connected to the birds. Mingling neuroscience and psychology, nature writing and memoir, this lyrical and intimate book is a completely radical look at the life of animals, full of thrills and surprises, humour and joy. "The churchyards and canal banks of this part of the East End were too tidy. There were voles there, but I needed longer grass to hunt them... Then I could stand and hover over them like a hunting kestrel. Foxes can leap up to ten feet horizontally, from a standing start, in order to pinion a vole." Fascinating. 235pp in US first edition.
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ISBN 9781627796330
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