John Lis­ter-Kaye re­mem­bers his nat­u­ral child­hood in The Dun Cow Rib

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Writer John Lis­ter-Kaye has spent his life cel­e­brat­ing and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. In this mov­ing mem­oir he asks: “Where did this predilec­tion for wild na­ture come from?” and then ex­plores the an­swer in lyri­cal, soar­ing prose. He re­calls his child­hood – a glo­ri­ous scram­ble of “move­ment and mys­tery” as he roamed fields, clam­bered trees and fell into ponds. Clear-eyed and hon­est, Lis­ter-Kaye de­scribes his priv­i­leged back­ground – ( his grand­fa­ther’s manor house was all branch­ing cor­ri­dors and fine tea sets), and charts how, in­spired by writer Gavin Maxwell, he grad­u­ally came to re­alise that his true call­ing was “the ever-chal­leng­ing and ab­sorb­ing world of na­ture con­ser­va­tion”. In­spir­ing. ( Canon­gate Books)

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