‘There’s something inspiring about the way he comes to write Tarka by a kind of deep immersion – plunging himself into the creature’s habits and habitats, crawling through spinneys and splashing through rivers to get an otter’s-eye view of the world . . .’
This woodcut of an otter by Agnes Miller Parker was originally produced in 1937 as a series of 83 black and white engravings to accompany Down the River – H.E. Bates’s wonderfully evocative paean to English waterways. We were delighted to be able to use it to illustrate Jonathan Law’s article on Tarka the Otter in Slightly Foxed Issue 35, back in Autumn 2012.