Review published on May 11, 2017.
I am not sure just how many foxes there are where I am living, but I see them darting across the roads at night, caught by the headlights of the car. There was even one brazen fox walking up the middle of the road at midnight once. These fleeting glimpses of the largest predator left in the UK are for me quite special, but for others, this animal is considered a nasty pest and is something to be vilified.
In this interesting account of our tempestuous relationship with the fox, considered a cunning and crafty animal by most, Lucy Jones has delved into the folklore, fiction and her own family history and met with those who love and hate these intelligent creatures. This bang up-to-date account of foxes goes some way to demonstrating our complex relationship with the natural world too. To get a better understanding of the different perspectives, she joins a hunt and later with the saboteurs of a following a hunt to get a better perspective as to how people feel about this animal, and she explores the issues that have polarised people in the heated public debate on this subject.
Jones has written this book about vulpes vulpes with a considered and measured approach. You know whose side she is on, but she is prepared to talk about with people from each perspective and hear their views as well as taking the time to look at the evidence based on the facts and not the scaremongering from the press. Worth reading for anyone interested in the most recognisable of our wild creatures.
Paul Cheney 3/3
Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain by Lucy Jones
Elliott & Thompson 9781783963041 pbk Mar 2017
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