282 pages, no illustrations
The British people have a unique relationship with the fox; no other animal attracts such controversy, has provoked more column inches or been so deeply woven into our culture over the centuries. But as well as being the most ubiquitous of British animals, it is also the least understood.
In Foxes Unearthed, Lucy Jones investigates the truth about foxes in a media landscape that often carries complex agendas, holding perceived wisdom and myths up to the microscope of modern science. There is a vivid story to be told, exploring the cultural history alongside the modern-day fables that we tell ourselves about this curious animal. Using extensive archival research to explore historical perceptions of the fox in folklore, literature and social history, Lucy also travels the length of Britain to find out first-hand why the animal is so ambiguously perceived in modern society: one family might feed the foxes in their backyard while another might pay to have them shot.
This beautifully designed, compelling narrative adds a depth to the often contentious debate on foxes, asking what the British attitudes towards the Red Fox say about us – and, ultimately, our wider relationship with the natural world.
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Lucy Jones is a nature writer based in London. She was Deputy Editor at NME.com until April 2015 and worked at the Daily Telegraph as Assistant Comment Editor, Editor of the Culture Blog and on the News desk. Other bylines include TIME, BBC Earth, BBC Wildlife, the Guardian, New Statesman, The Word (RIP), CBC, The Spectator, The Long + Short and commentating on BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour, Today), BBC World Service, 6 Music, Radio 1, VICE, Channel 5 and Channel 4. She runs the Wildlife Daily blog, featuring wildlife, nature and environment news from around the world.