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Book Thoughts: The Otters’ Tale (Simon Cooper)

Cooper, Simon - The Otter's Tale


Title: The Otters’ Tale
Author: Simon Cooper
Genre: Non-Fiction /Part-Fiction / Natural World
First published: 2017
Edition: Hardcover, published in 2017 by William Collins

This was such a delightful read. Beforehand, I knew the author wrote it about the otters that live around the river by his Mill home, but that was all.

The book starts out with a fictional account of the otter Kuschta being abandoned by her mother and going in search of her own territory. The story goes on from there.

I love how fact and fiction are interwoven in this beautifully and realistically written book. The author has a way of describing the riverside and landscape throughout the seasons with all that lives and grows on it that brings it alive for me. I could see the river through the seasons, the plants, the animals, the sights and sounds.

Descriptions of otter behaviour delight, shock and surprise and I love how the otters depicted do stay true to their animal nature.

It truly is a wonderful way of telling the story of the otter’s story from birth to adulthood and the trials and tribulations that come with that.

I am still not quite sure whether to class this as fiction or non-fiction. It is a bit of both and I love it. If you are interested in the natural world, this is a gorgeous book and I would thoroughly recommend it.

6 out of 7 stars


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