Hunt for the Shadow Wolf [Us Edition]: The Lost History of Wolves in Britain and the Myths and Stories That Surround Them (Paperback)

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Hunt for the Shadow Wolf [Us Edition]: The Lost History of Wolves in Britain and the Myths and Stories That Surround Them (Paperback)

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"Terrific, life-lit moments come howling out of Hunt for the Shadow Wolf."--The Telegraph

"One of the most remarkable figures in British conservation."--The Observer

"There have been several books on the fate of British wolves, but this is the best."--The Spectator

" Derek Gow is] a wry, profane truth teller who is equal parts yeoman farmer, historical ecologist, and pirate."--Ben Goldfarb, author of Eager and Crossings

Renowned rewilder Derek Gow has a dream: that one day we will see the return of the wolf to Britain as it has already returned elsewhere. As Derek worked to reintroduce the beaver, he began to hear stories of the wolf, both real and mythical, and his fascination with this creature grew. With increasing curiosity, Derek started to piece together fragments of information, stories and artefacts to reveal a shadowy creature that first walked proud through these lands and then was hunted to extinction as coexistence turned to fear, hatred - and domination.

What Derek came to realize was that the underlying motives behind our hatred were actually far more prosaic and, like most persecutions, to do with power and profit. We turned the wolf into a savage beast and saw its extirpation as a civilizing mission. But the wolf survived far longer than many thought and Derek tells of his sightings of the wolf through folklore and mythology, the records of grand estates and parish churches as well as wolf heads, both real and recreated.

With bitingly funny but also tender stories, Hunt for the Shadow Wolf is Derek's quest to uncover the true nature of this creature because, as we seek to heal our landscape, we must reconcile our relationship with it. Before we can even begin to bring the wolf back, we need to understand it.

"I have loved this chase dearly and though what unfolds might be an ending of sorts, I have no intention to let this hunt cease."―Derek Gow, from Hunt for the Shadow Wolf

"Beautifully crafted, fascinating and unbearably poignant, I totally loved this book."--Isabella Tree, author of Wilding

"Gow reinvents what it means to be a guardian of the countryside."--The Guardian

Product Details ISBN: 9781915294463
ISBN-10: 1915294460
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing UK
Publication Date: March 7th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English