The Dun Cow Rib

The Dun Cow Rib, A Very Natural Childhood, hardback edition published in August 2017 and now the paperback edition is available since June 2018.  This book has been long-listed for the Wainwright Prize 2018.

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.

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