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.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Joyful but heart braking. It has made me smile, dream and enquire but also cry. So much has been lost yet the wonder of nature is still wondrous.
Read full review

- keren cornelius

Beautiful prosed work about country life as it should be

Excellent book on a year in the life of a field sown and managed old school. Details exactly how much flora and fauna Man has succeeded in losing to its detriment. This is how agriculture should be managed; with an eye on the creatures and flowers which call it their home. Man destroys everything in the quest for cheap food and a quick buck. Would that the countryside be husbanded in this manner. My only criticism is that there is no need for the odd ‘f’ word which spoils the otherwise delightful prose. It is superfluous and brings credence to the thought that to use such vocabulary, one has run out of a choice of words which for this author cannot be the case. Bernard Hills monotone voice excellent in delivery.
Read full review

- MR C.

Book Details

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