The Running Hare

  • by John Lewis-Stempel
  • Narrated by Bernard Hill
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller. Winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015. BBC Radio 4's 'Book of the Week'.
Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last 20 years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life.
Written in exquisite prose, The Running Hare tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. It recalls an era before open-roofed factories and silent, empty fields, recording the ongoing destruction of the unique, fragile, glorious ploughland that exists just down the village lane.
But it is also the story of ploughland through the eyes of man who took on a field and husbanded it in a natural, traditional way, restoring its fertility and wildlife, bringing back the old farmland flowers and animals. John Lewis-Stempel demonstrates that it is still possible to create a place where the hare can rest safe.

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Love John's books. Bernard Hill is great too.

Beautifully written and full of things I didn't know. Bernard Hill reads it much better than the Meadowland narrator. Wish he could do the rest of them.
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- alex milway

Fragility and Resilience

Came to this after Radio 4's 'Book of the Week'. A grounding, thoroughly absorbing read/listen. Kept waiting for the next freshly turned phrase or insight. Narrator is hand-in-glove with the book. So pleased to have experienced it. Fragility and resilience sum the book/reading up for me.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks