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Carp are the big game of the inland angler, and in this book 'BB' tells of some of his experiences with this very sporting fish, how they may be caught or at any rate hooked, and what is the particular charm of their pursuit. He has included the fascinating stories of other people who have brought specimen carp to the bank.
BB's readers will know that he was an expert fisherman and that he has, beyond his great technical knowledge and experience, the power to communicate the meditative atmosphere which has accompanied the art since Walton's days. 'Carping' takes place in warm, summer weather and usually in lovely lily-strewn waters. The author's gift of descriptive writing has seldom been better displayed.
First published in 1950, and instantly beloved by fisherman, whether they fish for carp or not, Confessions of a Carp Fisher is a much prized addition to any fishing library.
This reprint features an updated look including new jacket artwork and a foreword by Chris Yates who explains why, half a century after it was first published, BB's advice about carp and carp fishing are as fresh and fascinating as ever.
The illustrations by Denys Watkins-Pitchford are some of the finest examples of his scraperboard art.
countryside, beginning in spring, continuing through summer, and concluding in autumn, when the first frosts start to arrive. This enchanting tale was the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal and features the author's own beautiful illustrations throughout.
The best of BB brings together in one volume some of the best writing and illustration by Denys Watkins-Pitchford - better known as BB. This edition has a larger typeface and improved layout from the original which was published to celebrate BB's eightieth birthday in 1985.
This beautiful anthology contains extracts from all his books for adults, and few short extracts from this timeless children's books as well.
From stories of wild-fowling in the far north of Scotland to night fishing for carp in dark Midland pools, from his famous books about the white goose, Manka the Sky Gipsy, to the Little Grey Men (winner of the Carnegie Medal) there is something here for everyone who loves the British countryside and its wildlife.
Three brothers run away from home to live like Robin Hood and his merry men, deep in the forest of Brendon Chase. They make their camp in an ancient oak tree and live like outlaws, loving the dangers and excitements of their wild surroundings.
Their aim is never to be caught - but how can they avoid all the people who are searching for them, including the police?
to find a new home where they can be safe once again. Along the way they face many dangers and their journey is sometimes perilous and packed with adventure.
This re-issue of BB's classic memoir will be enjoyed by all who appreciate fine country writing, and who believe passionately in the resilience of Mother Nature, despite the follies of mankind.
Denys Watkins-Pitchford (better known as BB) wrote these wonderful essays on the English countryside in the 1930s - a time of peace and renewal between two world wars. The book was finally published in 1941 when, as BB puts it, England was 'in the darkest hour of our history.'
BB captures here in words and sensitive wood engravings the wonders of English wildlife and countryside.
Includes essays on:
• ravens and rookeries
• the stone curlew
• the purple emperor butterfly
• a woodcutter's house
• an encounter with a wildfowler one frosty dawn
• a night fishing on the Solway
• the strange behaviour of song thrushes
• the rescue of a black labrador
• a favourite copse
• the accidental death of a groom
• village characters
• hedgerows - and many more topics
The secret life of woods and fields is brought together in The Naturalist's Bedside Book, that delightful collection of BB essays on the seasons of the British countryside.
This book was first published in 1980 and is now redesigned and back in print for a new generation to dip into. As he moves from winter through to spring, summer and autumn, BB covers such topics as:
• fighting starlings and where to site tit boxes
• how to identify old nests in winter hedgerows
• BB's pet rook Percy, an injured fledgling
• separating a clinging, amorous frog from a carp
• what makes a good taxidermist
• albino birds and mammals
• the perfume of the balsam poplar
• how to keep horse flies and midges at bay
• a search for the eggs of the purple emperor butterfly.
• the 15-year-old hand-reared goldfinch
• a perfect field pond
• autumn deer ruts
• long-eared owls mobbed by jays
Illustrated with 20 of his beautiful scraper-board illustrations, this new edition is in an improved, larger print and contains the addition of a BB illustration of the Bowcase Stone.