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W. H. Hudson was brought up on the pampas, where he learnt from gauchos about frontier life. After moving to London in 1874, Hudson lived in extreme poverty. Like his friend Joseph Conrad, Hudson was an exile, adapting to England. He never returned to Argentina. Wilson unravels Hudson's English dream, his natural history rambles, and his work to protect birds. He remains both a complex witness to his homeland before mass immigration and to his England of the mind, before the urban sprawl.
Jason Wilson, Emeritus Professor at University College London, has written books on Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Alexander von Humboldt and travel companions on Latin America, the Andes and Buenos Aires. He spends his time between London and Buenos Aires.
"Tireless, shrewd, erudite Jason Wilson, mixing hard fact and anthology, provides the perfect outfit of allusion and comparative experience"
– Jonathan Keates, Observer
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– Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times
"The idea is so simple that it must be original. This inaugural book might prove to be a landmark."
– Nicholas Shakespeare, Daily Telegraph