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Lady of the Chase

The life and hunting diaries of Daphne Moore

The previously undiscovered hunting diaries of doyenne of the hounds’ world Daphne Moore have now come to light. Edited and illustrated in this new book, author Alastair Jackson uses them to open up a whole world of hunting and its characters from the 1930s to the 80s.

Daphne Moore was known to many in the hunting fraternity for her expert reports in Horse & Hound magazine over many decades.

Aristocratically turned out and well-spoken, her appearance belied her circumstances. She lived on a shoe-string off her reporting, followed the hounds on foot and in her younger days even cycled many miles to get there and back.

Remarkably, after producing a professional report of each days’ hunting, she then turned to writing up – and illustrating in charming watercolours – her own diaries.

As well as portraying the golden days of hunting pre-WWII, Daphne covers the darkest of times in the countryside and her own personal life as war broke out and packs struggled to survive.

But survive hunting did, and Daphne’s elegant prose throws light on a lost world.

Author: Alastair Jackson
Illustrator: Daphne Moore
ISBN: 978 1 910723 76 0
Published: August 2018
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
12 colour photographs
75 colour illustrations
116 black & white photographs
Price: £25.00

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