Hunting life A treat for hunting bookworms young and old and two sad farewells
There’s a treat in store for hunting bookworms young and old, and we bid a sad farewell to two esteemed former joint-masters
THE RS Surtees Society is republishing Cyril Heber Percy’s book Hym, a wonderful tale of a fox, born above ground in the depths of Owston Wood in the heart of the Cottesmore Tuesday country. The RS Surtees Society has a strong track record of republishing wider foxhunting literature now the whole Surtees canon is in print, such as the Duke of Northumberland’s The Shadow on the Moor.
“It was the great Michael Allsopp of the Old Berks who laid the society on to Hym, and what a genuine treat it has been to republish it,” explained society chairman Rob Williams.
“I’ve always seen it as a sort of Jock of the Bushveld for English foxhunting and it’s brilliant for kids. The author’s son, Bill Heber Percy, told me that his father was passionate about inspiring children in the hunting field: for example he was always determined to give them a good hunt before the schools went back.
“That was a very good thing, no doubt, but his finest legacy is this book, which children adore.”
Johnny and Sophie Weatherby kindly hosted a book launch at their home at Preston Lodge, where the huge dog fox Hym was caught by the Cottesmore hounds, on 23 October. The Cottesmore opening meet took place the following morning at the same venue.
To join the society or buy a book, visit rssurtees.com, or call 01749 679293.
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Last week’s opening meet of the Cottesmore, at Preston Lodge, the location at the heart of Cyril Heber Percy’s book, Hym