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A beautiful lost classic of nature writing which sits alongside Tarka the Otter, Watership Down, War Horse and The Story of a Red Deer.
This is the story of Wulfgar, the dark-furred fox of Dartmoor, and of his nemesis, Scoble the trapper, in the seasons leading up to the pitiless winter of 1947. As breathtaking in its descriptions of the natural world as it is perceptive its portrayal of damaged humanity, it is both a portrait of place and a gripping story of survival.
Uniquely straddling the worlds of animals and men, Brian Carter's A Black Fox Running is a masterpiece: lyrical, unforgiving and unforgettable.
"I have never read a novel about animals and the British countryside – with the single exception of BB's The Wild Lone – which has so moved or entranced me. Never"
– John Lewis-Stempel, bestselling author of Meadowland and The Running Hare
"A Black Fox Running is really extraordinary, I've not read anything like it before. Balancing and melding animal and human worlds, this is a wholly immersive, vivid and magical book"
– Tim Pears, author of The Horseman
"A book of strange, mesmeric power. Poised, impeccably paced and observed, and brutally unsentimental. A thrilling, urgent, almost shamanic journey into the wild – including the wilderness of our own human lives"
– Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast
"A wonderful book [...] The prose is beautiful, and the story, though like nature pocked with horror, is beautiful too"
– Cynan Jones, author of Cove
"A breathtakingly beautiful novel, this lost classic of nature writing is the book that made me a writer"
– Melissa Harrison
"For those who dream of leaving behind the noise and smells of the city and breathing the clean air and adventure of the wild [...] A Black Fox Running is the thing those dreams are made of"
– Torbay News