Merlin Unwin Books

"Merlin Unwin Books are lively, innovative countryside book publishers.

Their well-produced range of rural, wildlife, fieldsports and fishing books never fail to inform and entertain."

Philip Dunne MP
co-founder of Ottakar’s bookshops

The Way of a Countryman

Ian Niall, sportsman and naturalist, shares with his reader the joy of the countryman, captured in these varied recollections which draw on a lifetime observing nature, studying wildlife, shooting and fishing. His fascinating essays cover corncrakes and partridges, snipe and woodcock, foxes, hares and pigeons, duck and geese, trout and pike.

His unerring eye for all the nuances of nature finds its perfect partner in C.F. Tunnicliffe’s matchless illustrations. Together, author and artist have created a celebrated classic, an elegy to a passing world, that will delight a new generation of country lovers and book collectors.

Bernard O’Donoghue, the distinguished poet and countryman, writes in his foreword to this book: ‘This is a grown-up’s nature book, with all the pleasure remembered from childhood books that introduced us to nature writing. Niall’s appreciative eye is wonder-fully served by C.F. Tunnicliffe’s illustrations which are the sealing distinction of a perfectly executed book.’

Author: Ian Niall
Illustrator: C.F. Tunnicliffe
ISBN: 978 1 906122 46 1
Published: September 2012
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 176
23 woodcuts
Price: £16.99

The Way of a Countryman by Ian Niall

Press reviews

Reviewed in This England in April 2013

'A superb collection of essays about the countryside, its wildlife and the rural way of life.'

Reviewed in NFU Countryside Magazine in November 2012

'A classic that will delight a new generation of country lovers.'

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