The Dun Cow Rib (short-listed for the Wainwright Prize 2018)
The Dun Cow Rib, A Very Natural Childhood, hardback edition published in August 2017 and the paperback edition is also now available. Most recently, this book has become available as an audiobook.
John Lister-Kaye has spent a lifetime exploring, protecting and celebrating the British landscape and its wildlife. His memoir The Dun Cow Rib is the story of a boy's awakening to the wonders of the natural world.
Lister-Kaye's joyous childhood holidays - spent scrambling through hedges and ditches after birds and small beasts, keeping pigeons in the loft and tracking foxes around the edge of the garden - were the perfect apprenticeship for his two lifelong passions: exploring the wonders of nature, and writing about them. Threaded through his adventures - from moving to the Scottish Highlands to work with Gavin Maxwell, to founding the famous Aigas Field Centre, is an elegy to his remarkable mother, and a wise and affectionate celebration of Britain's natural landscape.