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How To Catch A Mole: Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature

Author

Marc Hamer

Published Date

01-10-2019

Publisher

Greystone Books

ISBN

9781771644792

How to Catch a Mole is a beautiful elegy to a remarkable creature. Each page is filled with wonder, love, regret, humility and a sense of wonder (and oneness) with nature.

About this book

The English gardener and poet Marc Hamer spent much of his adult life catching moles for a living in the Welsh countryside. How to Catch a Mole is a beautiful elegy to a remarkable creature. It is also an exploration of Hamer’s life as he approaches his sunset years. Each page is filled with wonder, love, regret, humility and a sense of wonder (and oneness) with nature. How to Catch a Mole could be used as a guide to rid a pest, but it is also a fine work of nature writing. It teaches us to look at the natural world anew, to develop eyes for the overlooked or the unseen. The book also delivers, via its furry central character, some useful life lessons. Like many a writer conditioned by solitude, he is not in the habit of chatty elaboration in formulating an argument. Marc Hamer investigates the essence of nature, solitude, and the accommodations we make between deeply held beliefs and our everyday behaviour.

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