The Life Story of an Otter
A Paperback edition by John Coulson Tregarthen in English (Apr 4, 2005)
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Short Description: This natural history classic, first published in 1909, is a minutely observed, endlessly fascinating and graphic tale of wild animals in the Cornish countryside. The result of many... Read more
This natural history classic, first published in 1909, is a minutely observed, endlessly fascinating and graphic tale of wild animals in the Cornish countryside. The result of many years spent studying these fascinating creatures at close quarters, this is an unsentimental study of a family of otters, from the birth of cubs to childhood and maturity. We see the seasons change as the youngsters mature in river waters, upland pools and estuary creeks. We read of their nocturnal journeys in search of food, of their skirmishes with buzzards and domestic dogs; of being chased and sometimes killed, by otter hounds in the endless cycle of Nature. Said to have been the inspiration for Henry Williamson's classic work, Tarka the Otter, this beautifully written celebration of these glorious creatures presents a vivid snapshot of wild animals in a countryside teeming with interest, beauty and danger - mostly in human form. All is set in Tregarthen's beloved West Cornwall and written in his own inimitable style, almost from the point of view of the otters themselves. The text includes an appraisal of Tregarthen and this book by Clara, Lady Vyvyan of Trelowarren.
The Life Story of an Otter Paperback edition by John Coulson Tregarthen
- John Coulson Tregarthen
- Cornwall Editions Limited
- Publication date
- Apr 4, 2005
- Product dimensions
- 146 x 216 x 6mm
Preface to the Original Edition; About the Author; An Appreciation of J.C.Tregarthen by C.C. Vyvyan; 'The Comeback Kid' by Howard Curnow; 1: In the Nursery; 2: Early Training; 3: The First Trek; 4: At the Creek; 5: Sea and Marsh; 6: The Family Broken Up; 7: The Otter at the Tarn; 8: The Otter and His Mate; 9: Frost and Famine; 10: Tracked; 11: Back in the Old Haunts; 12: The Long Trail; Otter Conservation; Glossary.