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Sunday guide evaluation – The Horizontal Oak by Polly Pullar – Mark Avery


This guide isn’t actually a nature guide although there’s nature in it. It’s a shifting and humorous autobiography of somebody who’s all for wildlife and wild locations in addition to home animals and an entire vary of different issues. However none of that issues as it’s a excellent learn.

The writer has lived by fascinating occasions and her story is populated with alcoholics, damaged marriages, suicide makes an attempt, clandestine nocturnal liaisons, being a mom, rehabilitating injured animals and lots of pictures and enjoyable alongside the way in which. She has lived in numerous elements of Scotland but additionally labored and  studied overseas.  Even when the writer was let down, knocked down and will need to have felt down, the account is just not essentially upbeat however doesn’t get the reader, this reader, down. I’d describe it as ‘stiff higher lip however with the hint of a wryful smile’. It’s slightly Eric Newby-esque (one in all my favorite authors).

I can’t assist however benefit from the story of the come-uppance of a bottom-pincher and, on a unique degree, the day of personally gutting 1500 Rainbow Trout.

A really pleasing autobiography.

The duvet? Enough – 6/10 from me.

The Horizontal Oak: a life in nature by Polly Pullar is revealed by Birlinn.



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