Reviews

  • "From the first few words I knew I had encountered loving honesty and no one needs more than that. It is rare to encounter such respect and understanding of nature for herself."

    Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows
  • "How To Catch A Mole is a beguiling mixture: part autobiography, part handbook, part travel book, part philosophical treatise. I’m happy to report that it succeeds on each level"

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • "Not only a compelling meditation on the 'little gentleman in black velvet'…but also a fascinating, lyrical account of the loneliness and beauty of life on the margins, a memoir of vagrancy"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "This is a wonderful book about our relationship with the earth, with other animals and with our own troubled humanity. It has taught me a lot. I feel great love for it."

    Max Porter
  • "[How To Catch a Mole] has the feel of an enduring classic. It is the testament of a man who has learnt to see, who has the nerve to interrogate his own annihilation and who…handles language superbly"

    Charle Foster, Oldie
  • "Marc tells his story and explores what moles, and a life in nature, can tell us about our own humanity and our search for contentment."

    Sunday Express
  • "[Hamer] offers us some heart-rending images which linger in the mind long after you’ve closed the book"

    Sebastian Shakespeare, Daily Mail
  • "Marc Hamer's uplifting writings shed some light on the velvety creatures burrowing beneath our countryside."

    National Geographic
  • "The wisdom contained in this elegiac and intensely moving book doesn't need embellishing"

    Lady
  • "It's not often you meet a mole-catcher, let alone read their story. Marc Hamer's uplifting writings shed some light on the velvety creatures burrowing beneath our countryside"

    National Geographic Traveller