‘After a day on the moors, stubbles, or a woodland day, I like to take up a book beside my fire and read of other good long days past and gone. Such I have tried to make this volume.’ – BB
First compiled by BB in 1946, he aimed to create a book which was largely composed of the best descriptive writings on the sport of shooting. These pages are packed with evocative and stirring passages for sportsmen to enjoy after a day out and during the long winter evenings.
The extracts chosen represent some of the greatest writers from Richard Jefferies to the poet John Masefield.
BB himself, one of the most evocative writers on the countryside, is well represented in both his writings and his fine scraperboard illustrations.
Illustrator: Denys Watkins-Pitchford
ISBN: 978 1 873674 66 6
Published: January 1948
Latest edition: September 2010
No. of pages: 224
Reviewed by Duff Hart-Davis of The Independent in January 1994
'It will fan into flames the hunter's instinct which smoulders in many an urban heart.'