Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2018
John Lister-Kaye has spent a lifetime exploring, protecting and celebrating the British landscape and its wildlife.
His memoir The Dun Cow Rib is the story of a boy whose joyous childhood holidays spent scrambling through hedges and ditches after birds and small beasts, keeping pigeons in the loft and tracking foxes around the edge of the garden were the perfect apprenticeship for his two lifelong passions: exploring the wonders of nature, and writing about them. Threaded through his adventures – from moving to the Scottish Highlands to work with Gavin Maxwell, to founding the famous Aigas Field Centre – is an elegy to his remarkable mother, and a wise and affectionate celebration of Britain’s natural landscape.
‘John Lister-Kaye is Scotland’s high priest of nature writing; it’s charming and moving to wander along with him’ The Times