The Hid­den World of the Fox

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - OUR WILD WORLD -

BY ADELE BRAND, WIL­LIAM COLLINS, £12.99

We’ve surely all en­coun­tered one, but what do we re­ally know about the fox? Brand jour­neys deep into the se­cret life of this enig­matic canid, ex­plor­ing ev­ery­thing from the com­plex struc­ture of fox so­ci­ety to the fond­ness some in­di­vid­u­als have for steal­ing shoes, dis­pelling many me­dia-driven myths along the way. Most thought-pro­vok­ing are the au­thor’s re­flec­tions on our own, often trou­bled, re­la­tion­ship with foxes, as in­creas­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion means our paths in­ter­sect more often. “We have built our world over the wild­wood, and yet seem per­pet­u­ally sur­prised that foxes are in it,” she muses. This neatly-writ­ten book of­fers a re­fresh­ing re­think on all things vulpine.

Pete Dom­mett Wildlife writer

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