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    The Confessions of a Poacher 1890: The Nineteenth Century Reminiscences of an Exponent of the Fine Art of Poaching (Hardback) By (author) John Watson, Illustrated by James West

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    DescriptionThe tips and tricks of a true countryman who started dabbling in the fine art of poaching as soon as he was old enough to slip unseen through a copse at dusk or slither along the river bank to a trout filled pool. These observations of nature are so well written that it is hard to imagine you are not out of doors when reading them. At first all is seen through the eyes of the trainee poacher and we feel the lure of the night as the young rustic watches his father's eventide preparations. He assembles his wires, nets and snares; his dogs and the trusty old flintlock and then he is away into the night. There are chapters on poaching Partridges, Hares, Pheasants, Salmon and Trout, Grouse and Rabbits each packed with lore, experience and wisdom. We learn how to intoxicate partridges by feeding grain steeped in spirits; how to entice pheasants away from the safety of the keeper's cottage by the surreptitious dropping of grain on a daily basis. The night time use of nets to take salmon from pools and sleeping grouse from the heather are described as are ferrets working the hedgerows in search of the humble rabbit and we hear how, before the days of artificial rearing, the keeper would pay as much as six pence for a pheasant's egg little realising that it had been liberated from his own stock the previous night. Even if you are not contemplating a life of rural crime there is still much you could learn from this delightful book, so also could the local squire, his keeper and the constabulary but let us hope that they do not pick up too many tips about the fine art of poaching.


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    Title
    The Confessions of a Poacher 1890
    Subtitle
    The Nineteenth Century Reminiscences of an Exponent of the Fine Art of Poaching
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Watson, Illustrated by James West
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 172
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 195 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 345 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781873590287
    ISBN 10: 1873590288
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: WND
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14280
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    Abridged Dewey: 941
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009070
    BIC subject category V2: WSX, 3JH, 1DBK
    DC21: 639.1092
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, DNBH, SV, WND
    Edition statement
    New ed of 1890 ed
    Illustrations note
    b&w illus
    Publisher
    Old House Books
    Imprint name
    SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
    Publication date
    15 December 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    The Revd Dr John Watson is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He studied Islam and Buddhism in the Far East, and has travelled extensively, exploring faith systems and lecturing world-wide. He works as an Assistant Priest in a Dorset village, writes the fortnightly Coptophile column for Cairo's Watani (the leading Christian newspaper in the Middle East), and contributes regularly to Kirche im Dialog in Mannheim, Germany. He is the author of Among the Copts (2000) and Christians Observed (2004), both published by SAP.