The Shooting Man's Bedside Book
‘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.
Ill., 50 Black & white illustrations
Nov 15, 2019
About the Author:
Denys Watkins-Pitchford, or 'BB' as he is known, was born in 1905. He grew up in Northamptonshire, where he spent many hours out in the open air as ill health prevented him from being sent to boarding school.
He studied art in Paris and at The Royal College of Art in London, and for seventeen years was art master at Rugby School.
He was already illustrating books before he began to write under his pseudonym, 'BB'.
The Sportsman's Bedside Book (1937) was the first to carry these now famous initials, followed by Wild Lone, the Story of the Pytchley Fox (1939) and Manka, The Sky Gypsy, The Story of a Wild Goose (1939). He was awarded the Carnegie Medal for The Little Grey Men (1941), the tale of the last gnomes in England, which established him in the forefront of literature for children. Many titles followed for both adults and children, and his reputation as a naturalist was further enhanced by his contributions to The Field, Country Life and Shooting Times.
He died in 1990.