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  • 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 is a beautiful, elegiac ode to a remarkable creature. It’s also an exploration of Hamer’s life as he approaches his sunset years. Each page is filled with wonder, love, regret, humility and a sense of wonder (and oneness) with nature.

    Washington Post
  • [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

  • 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

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

    National Geographic
  • Marc Hamer's wonderful How To Catch A Mole took me completely by surprise. It certainly is a book about
    catching moles but it is also a book of sound philosophy, poignant biography and a zen-like meditation on life and nature. Brilliant.

    Caught By the River

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