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  • Published: 17 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473542501
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 112

The Private Life of the Hare




A beautifully illustrated gift book that celebrates this elusive creature in vivid, elegant prose.

‘To see a hare sit still as stone, to watch a hare boxing on a frosty March morning, to witness a hare bolt . . . these are great things. Every field should have a hare.’

The hare, a night creature and country-dweller, is a rare sight for most people. We know them only from legends and stories. They are shape-shifters, witches’ familiars and symbols of fertility. They are arrogant, as in Aesop’s The Hare and the Tortoise, and absurd, as in Lewis Carroll’s Mad March Hare. In the absence of observed facts, speculation and fantasy have flourished. But real hares? What are they like?

In The Book of the Hare, John Lewis-Stempel explores myths, history and the reality of the hare. And in vivid, elegant prose he celebrates how, in an age when television cameras have revealed so much in our landscape, the hare remains as elusive and magical as ever.

  • Published: 17 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473542501
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 112

About the author

John Lewis-Stempel

John Lewis-Stempel is a writer and farmer. His books include the Sunday Times bestsellers TheRunning Hare and The Wood. He is the only person to have won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing twice, with Meadowland and Where Poppies Blow. In 2016 he was Magazine Columnist of the Year for his column in Country Life. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.

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Praise for The Private Life of the Hare

In vivid prose, [John Lewis-Stempel] celebrates how, in an age when television cameras have revealed so much in our landscape, the hare remains as magical and elusive as ever.

Slightly Foxed

In elegant prose, [John Lewis-Stempel] celebrates the elusive magic of these beautiful night creatures.

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