A Life in Nature: Or How To Catch A Mole

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Although common, moles are mysterious: their habits are inscrutable, they are anatomically bizarre, and they live completely alone. Marc Hamer has come closer to them than most, both through his long working life out in the Welsh countryside, and his experiences of rural homelessness as a boy, sleeping in hedgerows. Over the years, Marc has learned a great deal about these small, velvet creatures who live in the dark beneath us, and the myths that surround them, and his work has also led him to a wise and uplifting acceptance of the inevitable changes that we all face. In this beautiful and meditative book, Marc tells his story and explores what moles, and a life in nature, can tell us about our own humanity and our search for contentment.

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A captivating, life-affirming memoir of a life in nature that celebrates finding wonder in our world.

‘A wonderful book… It has taught me a lot. I feel great love for it’ MAX PORTER

At the age of sixteen, Marc Hamer left home with only a rucksack and started walking. By day, he observed the animals and birds. By night, he slept under hedges, in woodlands and on riverbanks. It was the beginning of a life in nature.

Years later, now working as a gardener and mole-catcher in the Welsh countryside, Marc tells of the experiences that have shaped him and of the wonders that he encounters each day. He considers, too, the fascinating ways of the mole and the myths that surround this curious creature.

This beautiful, meditative book explores what nature can teach us about ourselves and our search for contentment. It is a celebration of living peacefully and finding joy in the world around us.

‘It is rare to encounter such respect and understanding of nature’ Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

** Longlisted for The Wainwright Prize 2019 **

(Published in hardback as How to Catch a Mole)

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Weight 0.216 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 13 × 1.7 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

240

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

599.335 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K