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Poacher's Handbook

Poacher's Handbook

by Ian Niall
     
 
"Ian Niall wrote this masterpiece of country lore to retain the thrill of crossing the hills in the moonlight and of creeping up the woodside at dusk.

He said, 'This book is about poaching in the old traditional style, the craft of men who knew and loved the countryside and invoked the unorthodox skills rather than the crude use of modern science to catch their game

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"Ian Niall wrote this masterpiece of country lore to retain the thrill of crossing the hills in the moonlight and of creeping up the woodside at dusk.

He said, 'This book is about poaching in the old traditional style, the craft of men who knew and loved the countryside and invoked the unorthodox skills rather than the crude use of modern science to catch their game, which they took sparingly, as they needed it.'

From the Poacher's Handbook you will learn how to retrieve a ferret from a deep burrow and how to train a dog, as well as the cunning ways of gamekeepers and the meaning in the changing flight of a loan pigeon. You are advised to walk softly and to listen long, when to run and when to stand still, the thing to do in the black hat of night and the way to read a flushed magpie and the laugh of the jay.

Poet, countryman and scholar, Bernard O'Donaghue, wrote a foreword to this celebrated country classic which will delight a new generation of country lovers and collectors alike.

The Poacher's Handbook was first published in 1950. Hailed as 'the outstanding of nature books', it was an immediate bestseller and achieved no less than 14 editions before being republished in 1960 as The New Poacher's Handbook but without Barbara Greg's wood engravings. Since then there have been two separate paperback editions and total sales of over 100,000.

This edition is a re-issue of the original format and includes Barbara Greg's highly-acclaimed wood engravings."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781873674581
Publisher:
Merlin Unwin Books
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Edition description:
New
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

"Ian Niall was the author of eleven novels and many books on country matters including Pastures New and Fresh Woods which were both illustrated with wood engravings by Barbara Greg.

He was a columnist for over 40 years, beginning with The Spectator and then Country Life, where he was known and loved by a wide public for his regular contributions to 'A Countryman's Notes'.

Born in Scotland, he spent his formative years on his grandfather's farm in Galloway. After more than forty years in Wales, he and his wife lived in the Chilterns until his death."

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