Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain by Lucy Jones

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Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain Read Online Free - As one of the largest predators left in Britain, the fox is captivating: a comfortably familiar figure in our country landscapes; an intriguing flash of bright-eyed wildness in our towns.

Yet 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.

In Foxes Unearthed Lucy Jones investigates the truth about foxes in a media landscape that often carries complex agendas. Delving into fact, fiction, folklore and her own family history, Lucy travels the length of Britain to find out first-hand why these animals incite such passionate emotions, revealing our rich and complex relationship with one of our most loved – and most vilified – wild animals. This compelling narrative adds much-needed depth to the debate on foxes, asking what our attitudes towards the red fox say about us – and, ultimately, about our relationship with the natural world.

“Jones writes with real feeling about the hold of foxes on the human imagination, and her own deep affection for the beguiling creatures” – Jane Shilling, Daily Mail

“The fox has for centuries been held as the incarnation of such unlovely traits as deviousness, cunning and cruelty. ... However, the characteristic that emerges most strongly from the nature writer Lucy Jones's book about Vulpes vulpes is its ambiguity. … [An] intriguing compendium of fox lore.” – Michael Prodger, The Times

"A fantastic tour of the fox and us – Lucy Jones takes an intelligent, measured and humane look at the intimate, contradictory and occasionally crazy relationship between Homo sapiens and Vulpes vulpes" -- Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands and The Butterfly Isles

“A foxy little book, offering a rich brew of nature and history and culture. An exemplary instance of fine research leading to balance and sanity on a subject usually lacking in either. Deeply enjoyable and informative” -- Sara Maitland, author of Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales

“Brave, bold and honest – finally the truth about foxes”
-- Chris Packham, TV presenter and naturalist

“Fascinating … [a] well-balanced exploration of our tempestuous relationship” – Country Life

“Beautifully written and signals a conspicuous new talent ... She traces the place of the fox in our culture over many centuries”
– Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph

“A fascinating discussion of the history of our attitude to the fox ... it will almost certainly teach you something new” – The Spectator

“This well-researched, engaging account of their lives, behaviour and cultural impact from fox-loving journalist Jones is filled with interesting information and evocative description”
– Top 20 Holiday Reads, i-newspaper

“A commendably impartial book … expresses [Jones’s] sincere love of the countryside and the animals in it”
– Patrick Scrivenor, Literary Review

“Lucy Jones’ investigative study explores the romantic myth and harsh reality of the fox with the unflinching rigour of a true journalist and heart of a poet” –- Benjamin Myers, author of Beastings and Pig Iron

"A sensitive and illuminating investigation into our complex and ever-evolving relationship with the most intriguing, incredible and intractable of British mammals. Through a keen eye and bright prose, Jones traces the trail of the fox through history, myth and current debates, exploring the roots of our love and hate from all perspectives. This is a beautiful book that will change the way you think about the fox, whatever you think about the fox." - Rob Cowen, author of Common Ground and Skimming Stones

“A page turner [and] a timely examination of one of our more iconic animals … A well balanced, well researched book … it's also a pleasure to read” –

“A thorough and captivating history of our relationship with the fox. It is satisfying that a book which conveys an uncomplicated delight in the natural world … simultaneously sends such a sobering message” -- Diva Harris, Caught by the River

“A distinctly human story … Through spending time with those who would lay down their lives for a fox and those who range from appearing non-plussed to hell-bent on bloody extermination, Jones brilliantly (and often bravely) captures two uniquely British subcultures. Being buried in these opposed worlds, enables Jones to fuse her talent for research with journalistic reporting. … It is also worth mentioning Jones’ refreshing honesty” -- Matt Gaw, journalist and columnist

“I loved the readability of the book, combining fact with fiction, folklore and magic with cold hard facts, but always, what shines through is the author's commitment to telling it like it is, with no superfluous waffle , not overly fanciful , just a really interesting look at the role foxes have in our rural and urban environments. The detail is good, the author's opinions are clearly expressed and throughout the book are intelligent observations from specialist contributors which help to give the book an overall balanced view.”

“Lucy Jones’ book packs a serious and intelligent punch. Her meticulous research takes her back into Indo-European literature and contemporary linguistic analysis, and her journalist’s nose takes her out into the countryside with hunters and saboteurs alike.” – Richard Littledale, The Preacher’s Blog

“A subtle, richly layered and deeply satisfying read, full of energy” – Kate Blincoe, Running Wild blog

Title : Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain
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ISBN : 178396149X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

March 31, 2017

I am not sure just how many foxes there are where I am living, but I see them darting across the roads at night, caught by the headlights of the car. There was even one brazen fox walking up the middle of the road at midnight once. These fleeting glimpses of our largest predator left in the UK ar...

Jane rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2017

This book spun into my consciousness towards the end of last year, when I was captivated by an extract in one of those lovely anthologies from the Wildlife Trust. ‘We stared at each other, the fox and I, for a charged moment. Her eyes were a pale bronze and seemed bright and aware. She turned away...

Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

March 21, 2017

Foxes Unearthed, freelance journalist Lucy Jones’s first book, won a Society of Authors’ Roger Deakin Award for nature writing. If you’re familiar with Patrick Barkham’s Badgerlands, you’ll recognize this as a book with a comparable breadth and a similar aim: clearing the reputation of an often u...

Jo Barton rated it ★★★★★

June 10, 2016

I fell in love with this book from the get go just because of its cover, not that I'm biased about orange whiskery creatures, you understand. But putting aside the glory of its cover, this book really brings home our love and loathing of this most enigmatic of predators. For some, it's a creature...

Clare rated it ★★★★☆

June 14, 2017

The author had a grandfather who hunted foxes, a Scot. She thinks that his experience in WW1 was partly the reason. Men came home looking for the adrenalin and camaraderie of the war. Other people hunted just because they like horses and hounds and customs. Hunting is now illegal in Britain but d...

Saturday's rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2017

Thanks to a terrific review from a Goodreads friend Clare my attention was drawn to this book, and being “Team Fox” I just had to read it. Foxes are one of my favourite animals, however as an introduced species that threaten our native wildlife, farm animals and suburban backyard pets such as rab...

Kevin rated it ★★★★★

May 19, 2016

I have always admired and loved the fox since a child. I always remember the first time I spotted a fox delving through our rubbish bags that had been left out for the dustbin men. It was the most beautiful animal that I had ever seen. In towns you don't get to see much wildlife so spotting this...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

April 01, 2017 Foxes Unearthed explores in detail the relationships we humans have with these fascinating creatures. Let me say at the outset that Foxes Unearthed will not appeal to all readers. I will confess that I didn’t read the book all in one go, but returned to it o...

Jess rated it ★★★★☆

February 04, 2017

Check out this review and more on my blog! What's this? A book review? That's right, friends - I've actually read something! In fact, slowly but surely, I'm starting to read more. As I'm taking part in Non-Fiction November this month I'm on a bit of a non-fiction kick, and I couldn't resist nabbing...

Mark rated it ★★★★☆

July 22, 2017

I enjoyed reading this book (which is now out in paperback). This book is about Foxes: hunted Foxes, urban Foxes, hen-eating Foxes, Foxes in literature and country lore. Foxes in our heads and in our hearts. It’s a well-written largely affectionate but not sentimental look at Foxes from lots of an...

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