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Book Thoughts: Foxes Unearthed (Lucy Jones)

Jones, Lucy - Foxes Unearthed

★★★★★★☆

Title: Foxes Unearthed
Author: Lucy Jones
Genre: Non-Fiction / Natural History  Pages: 253
First published: 2016
Edition: Hardback, published in 2016 by Elliott and Thompson Limited

No other animal attracts such controversy, has provoked more column inches or been so ambiguously woven into our culture over centuries, perceived variously as a beautiful animal, a cunning rogue, a vicious pest and a worthy foe. As well as being the most ubiquitous of wild animals, it is also the least understood.

This is a book as much about people as it is about foxes. It explores the relationship that the British people have had with the fox over the years.

I have always had a soft spot for the beautiful creature that is the red fox. With it’s rusty fur and catlike intelligent eyes it has always appealed to me. I photographed foxes near my then London home for a while, but I have also been present at a fox hunt (definitely not participated!) when it was hosted at a friend’s farm in the South of England. A lot of this book focuses on the fox hunt and its supporters and its opposers. Having experienced a small local fox hunt for myself, I could practically smell the centuries’ of tradition and that is explored in this book and I could relate to that. It is not something I agree with, but it is not a cut and dried situation and the author explores that very well.

Maybe I would have liked the author to explore the life of the fox in the city a bit further, but then, this book was about people and their viewpoint of the fox’s presence in our urban streets and not necessarily about the fox itself.

I really enjoyed this book a lot and I think anyone who loves foxes or is interested in nature and the way it co-exists with us humans would enjoy it too.

6 out of 7 stars 

Photography

In The Picture: The Dog Fox

When I wrote about the book Foxes Unearthed (Lucy Jones) being on my Wishlist for Christmas the other day, it reminded me of the time I spent photographing the fox population in my local park near Wimbledon (South West London), where I lived at the time. I spent many a ridiculously early morning saying hello to a bunch of lovely urban foxes there. I thought I would share a picture from that time.

In The Picture - Fox

This was the main guy in the area, the dog fox, and I never did manage to get many pictures of him. It was usually the younger ones that were curious about that strange human with the black box in front of her face.