I have never read a novel about animals and the British countryside – with the single exception of BBs The Wild Lone – which has so moved or entranced me. Never John Lewis-Stempel This is the story of Wulfgar, the dark-furred fox of Dartmoor, and of his nemesis, Scoble the trapper, in the seasons leading up to the pitiless winter of 1947. As breathtaking in its descriptions of the natural world as it is perceptive in its portrayal of damaged humanity, it is both a portrait of place and a gripping story of survival. Uniquely straddling the worlds of animals and men, Brian Carters A Black Fox Running is a masterpiece: lyrical, unforgiving and unforgettable.

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